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Lauren Zito

Assistant Professor

Lauren Zito is an assistant professor in the communications department and teaches courses in video production, documentary production, digital editing and film analysis. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. In 1994 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Fine Arts.  

She taught design and filmmaking for over 20 years in Pittsburgh, Pa. at Pittsburgh Technical College, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University and  Point Park University. She also was the founder and sole owner of Francis Rocks Productions, a digital video company in Pittsburgh and is the producer, writer, editor and creator and has a few short films and documentaries currently on the film festival circuit. 

Lauren’s exploration does not stop at the studio but out in the world with field shooting. She has recently brought her camera along to Newfoundland to follow, shoot and explore the region in the footsteps of Rockwell Kent.

Lauren Zito is interested in developing and pushing the envelope on a wide range of video and cinematic capture as well as defining what is media and communication in our current world and looking forward to new technologies, while always keeping one foot firmly rooted in the cornerstone of the visual language. 

  • Education
    • M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania
    • B.F.A., University of Southern Maine
    • B.A. in Art History, University of Southern Maine
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