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Harrison Long [director]
Harrison Long received a B.F.A. (Acting) from Florida State University and an M.F.A. (Acting) from Southern Methodist University. He is an alumnus of the Teacher Development Workshop at the Actor’s Center in New York City as well as Richard Schechner’s ECA Performance Workshop at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. In 1999 he traveled to Indonesia to study Balinese Theatre, Shadow Puppetry, and Mask Making.
Long began his professional acting career in 1986 and has performed styles ranging from contemporary drama to musical comedy with a special emphasis on Shakespeare. New York credits include the title role in Henry V (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Athol Fugard’s A Lesson From Aloes (78th Street Theatre Lab) and Bloomsday On Broadway (Symphony Space). Regional credits include People’s Light and Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre and the Utah, Texas and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. In Atlanta, Long has performed for the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Theatre in the Square, ART Station, Theatrical Outfit, Theatre Emory, Horizon Theatre, and Georgia Ensemble Theatre where he was a founding company member.
Long directed the premiere productions of What Rough Beast Slouches and Trinity at the 14th Street Playhouse. He has staged operas ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Mozart. He has also guided the creation of original works such as FLOOD!; a performance piece integrating world mythology with survivor experiences from the 1997 Red River Flood in North Dakota. For KSU, Professor Long has directed productions of The Laramie Project, Comedy of Errors and The Glass Menagerie. The student costume design of his production As You Like It won top national honors at the American College Theatre Festival.
In 2008, Long’s portrayal of Magwitch in the Georgia Ensemble Theatre production Great Expectations received an “Honorable Mention for Best Supporting Actor” in the Sunday Paper’s annual Spotlight Awards. The production, which featured the work of 17 KSU students and faculty, also made the Spotlight list of “Top Ten Directors” and “Top Ten Productions” for the 2009 theatre season. In 2008 Long played Cromwell in Theatre in the Square’s A Man for All Seasons, which received the Suzi Bass award for “Best Production.” In fall 2010, he will play the role of Clayton in Horizon Theatre’s world premiere of Night Blooms written by KSU’s Margaret Baldwin and directed by KSU’s Karen Robinson.Teaching credits include Marymount Manhattan College, The University of Tennessee, St. John’s University, Southern Methodist University, Georgia State University, Clayton College and State University, Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts, and the Summer Theatre Institute at Columbia University. He has coached students, professionals and was the Dialogue Coach for the CBS series, Dangerous Curves. He is a member of The Actor’s Equity Association.