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Khalid Y. Long

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Assistant Professor
Institute for African American Studies

Dr. Khalid Y. Long is a scholar, dramaturg, and director specializing in African American/Black diasporic theatre, performance, and literature through the lenses of Black feminist/womanist thought, queer studies, and performance studies. Accordingly, his work pays close attention to the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality within marginalized and oppressed communities.

Dr. Long has published scholarly essays in The Black Theatre Review (tBTR), Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance, the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and the Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance. His forthcoming scholarship includes essays in The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre (2nd edition) edited by Harvey Young, Zora Neale Hurston in Context edited by Christopher Varlack, Theatre Design & TechnologyTheater: Yale’s Journal of Criticism, Plays, Reportage, and the edited collection Critical Essays on the Politics of Oscar Hammerstein II, edited by Donald Gagnon. Dr. Long is also a regular contributor to Black Masks and Performance Response Journal 2.0.

Dr. Long is working on his manuscript, An Architect of Black Feminist Theatre: Glenda Dickerson, Transnational Feminism, and The Kitchen Prayer Series (University of Iowa Press). Dr. Long is co-editor of two forthcoming critical anthologies, including Contemporary Black Theatre and Performance: Acts of Rebellion, Activism, and Solidarity (co-edited with Dr. DeRon S. Williams and Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers) with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, Agitations: Politics, Text, Performance Series). The second anthology is August Wilson in Context (co-edited with Dr. Isaiah M. Wooden) with Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Long is the newly elected Vice President and Conference Planner for the Black Theatre Association, a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Dr. Long is also the Vice President for Advocacy for ATHE. Dr. Long also served as the Vice President and Conference Planner for the August Wilson Society (2018-2020). 

A freelance dramaturg specializing in production dramaturgy, new play development, and audience engagement, Dr. Long is a regular dramaturg with the Great Plains Theatre Commons (Omaha, Nebraska). His dramaturgical credits include (select listing):

Boulevard of Dreams by LaDarrion Williams. TimeLine Theatre, Chicago, IL. (World Premiere)

Feeding Beatrice by Kirsten Greenidge. Forward Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin. 

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring. Court Theatre, Chicago, IL.

Two Trains Running by August Wilson. Court Theatre, Chicago, IL.

Relentless by Tyla Abercrumbie. TimeLine Theatre, Chicago, IL. (World Premiere)

Sweat by Lynn Nottage. Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL. 

Mom, How Did you Meet the Beatles? by Adrienne Kennedy and Adam Kennedy. Forward Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin.

Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames. REP Stage, Howard County, Maryland.

The Native Son by Nambi Kelley. Mosiac Theatre, Washington, DC.

LOCS/you can play in the sun by M.K. Abadoo. Millenium Stage, The Kennedy Center.

Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge.  Mosaic Theatre, Washington, D.C. 

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage.  Kay Theatre. University of Maryland, College Park. 

Sunset Baby by Dominique Morisseau. REP Stage, Howard County, Maryland.

Twilight: Los Angeles1992 by Anna Deavere Smith. University of Maryland, College Park.



PhD - Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

MA - Theatre Studies and Directing, Miami University of Ohio

BA - Theatre Arts, Concentration in Black Drama and English, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania


2021 - Provost Faculty Research Fund, Columbia College Chicago

2021 - Faculty Development Grant, Columbia College Chicago

2018 - William P. Heidrich Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2018 - Faculty Development Grant, Columbia College Chicago

Of note:

2020 - Excellence in Teaching Award (Columbia College Chicago)

Articles Featuring Khalid Y. Long
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 9:05am

Dr. Khalid Y. Long will be one of three panelists for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education's virtual panel entitled "Teaching August Wilson: A Pedagogy of Self-Determination" on February 22 at noon. The panel will be…

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 9:09am

Dr. Khalid Y. Long was chosen among a select group of scholars, artists, and educators to receive funding to explore the new August Wilson Archive at the University of Pittsburgh. Wilson is a celebrated playwright known for his 10-play…

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 12:02pm

The UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies has added two new faculty to its ranks with Dr. Vivian Appler and Dr. Khalid Long. 

Events with Khalid Y. Long

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