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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 a producer, writer, editor and creator and has a few short films and documentaries currently on the film festival circuit. 

She was most recently a board member and president of Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh chapter and created the documentary “Trailblazers of the of the Suffrage Movement: Celebrating 100 years.” 

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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