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Khalid Y. Long, PhD (He/Him/His)

Associate Professor

  • Theatre Arts
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Coordinator, Foundations
    Theatre Arts


Dr. Khalid Y. Long is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Foundations Coordinator. Before joining Howard University, Dr. Long was on faculty at Columbia College Chicago in the Theatre Department and the University of Georgia in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and the Institute for African American Studies. 

A scholar, dramaturg, and director, Dr. Long specializes 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 addresses the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality within marginalized and oppressed communities. Dr. Long teaches various courses, from theatre history and dramaturgy to dramatic criticism, global performance, and Black cultural production. Dr. Long is co-editor of Contemporary Black Theatre and Performance: Acts of Rebellion, Activism, and Solidarity (Methuen Drama). Dr. Long is completing his manuscript, An Architect of Black Feminist Theatre: Glenda Dickerson, Transnational Feminism, and The Kitchen Prayer Series (under contract with Iowa University Press). He is also co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, August Wilson in Context for Cambridge University Press’ “Literature in Context” series. Dr. Long is also co-editing a critical anthology on HBCUs and Theatre Programs, tentatively titled A Cultural Experience: The Role of Theatre at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Long has published in Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre, and Performance,tBTR: the Black Theatre Review, Theater, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Modern Drama, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre, and The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance. Dr. Long is a regular contributor to Black Masks. He has forthcoming scholarship in the edited collections Performance and the City and Dramaturgy and History: Staging the Archive.

Dr. Long serves on the Boards for the August Wilson Society (where he was recently the Vice President and Conference Planner) and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Dr. Long recently served as the Vice President and Conference Planner for the Black Theatre Association (ATHE) and was the Vice President for Advocacy of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

A freelance dramaturg, Dr. Long’s credits include (select list):

  • Relentless by Tyla Abercrumbie, TimeLine Theatre, Chicago, IL (World Premiere)
  • Two Trains Running by August Wilson, Court Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames, REP Stage, Howard County, MD
  • Sunset Baby by Dominique Morisseau, REP Stage, Howard County, MD
  • Sweat by Lynn Nottage, Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL
  • Octavia’s Brood by MK Abadoo, Dance Theatre, Washington, DC
  • Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? by Adrienne Kennedy and Adam Kennedy, Forward Theatre, Madison, WI
  • Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, Court Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • The Native Son by Nambi Kelley, Mosiac Theatre, Washington, DC
  • Falsettos by Michael Finn and James Lapine, Howard County, MD
  • Boulevard of Dreams by LaDarrion Williams, TimeLine Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
  • Fences by August Wilson, Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha, NE
  • Feeding Beatrice by Kirsten Greenidge, Forward Theatre, Madison, WI
  • Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge, Mosaic Theatre, Washington, D.C
  • Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, by Anna Deavere Smith, directed by Caroline Clay, University of Maryland, College Park

Education & Expertise



Theatre and Performance Studies
University of Maryland, College Park


Theatre Studies
Miami University of Ohio


Theatre Arts
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania