Melanie Martin Long
Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing


Melanie Martin Long joins the KSU faculty after more than twenty years of directing, acting and teaching in Atlanta, Minneapolis and New York. She was a finalist for the NEA-TCG Directing Fellowship, a Dunn Peace Scholar to South Africa, and a recipient of three Lotta M. Crabtree Theatrical Trust Awards.  She holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary (PBK) and an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Minnesota, where she also trained as Assistant Director to Joe Dowling at the Guthrie Theatre. She further studied mask and performance in Bali, Indonesia. Before returning to Atlanta, Melanie spent five years as an Artistic Associate at the Lark Play Development Center in New York, where she produced its highly acclaimed Playwrights’ Workshop with Arthur Kopit and directed countless staged readings. She has taught and directed at the University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee, Georgia College, Clayton State University, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and for the Metropolitan Opera’s Creating Original Opera Program. Favorite directing credits include Old Woman Flying (Eugene O’Neill Center), A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (Lincoln Center Lab), the The A-Word (Off-Broadway at Greenwich Street), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Virginia Shakespeare), Hamlet (Cape Fear Regional), The Tempest (University of Pennsylvania Players), A Shayna Maidel, A Body of Water, and Sight Unseen (Minnesota Jewish Theatre), and most recently Melancholy Play here at KSU. Acting credits include Theatrical Outfit, Alliance Children’s Theatre, Theatre Gael and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Memberships: Society of Directors and Choreographers, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab. Special Interests: Magic Realism, Theatre and Special Needs populations.



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