Kevin Long Nominated for The 2015 Tony Award® for Excellence in Theatre Education and Co-Author of the book "Bring on the Bard," is a Professor of Theatre at Harper College, the recipient of the Motorola Solutions Foundation Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence, the Illinois Theatre Association Award for Excellence in College Theatre Teaching, an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, President Emeritus of Illinois Theatre Association, and the Past-President of the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association.

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Kevin has worked professionally in various equity and summer stock theatres in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois. Kevin has been teaching acting and theatre classes for over thirty years and has directed over seventy productions including his highly acclaimed production of Parade (Winner Best Revival of a Musical, Resident Non-Equity by BroadwayWorld Chicago, Nomination Best Direction of a Musical).

Kevin has earned elite status as the only director who has completed Alfred Uhry’s Atlanta Trilogy (direction of three shows Parade 2013, Driving Miss Daisy 2013 and The Last Night of Ballyhoo 2014) capped off with a visit in June, 2014 from Alfred Uhry and presenting/directing An Evening with Alfred Uhry.An Evening with Alfred Uhry
Additionally, Kevin is a recognized expert in teaching Folio Technique and frequently presents his workshop “Shakespeare Whispers Into Your Ear,” which explores the language and theatre of Shakespeare through the use of the First Folio. Most notably, he has taught Folio Technique for Ten Chimneys, Chicago Shakespeare Theater for many of their show specific teacher workshops, “Bard Core” teacher professional development program, “Battle of the Bard,” and the theatre’s “Shakespeare Slam,” The Actors Training Center, The National Council of Teachers of English, and at various institutions and theatres in the tri-state region.

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Academic Degrees

Recent Publications

Long, Kevin. “The First Folio at 400: An Enduring, Indispensable Primary
     Source.” National Council of Teachers of English: English Journal, Jan.
Long, Kevin. “Shakespeare Whispers in Your Ear.” Dramatics Magazine
, 4 Mar. 2020,
Long, Kevin, and Mary T. Christel. Bring on the Bard: Active Drama
     Approaches for Shakespeare's Diverse Student Readers
. National
     Council of Teachers of English, 2019.

Kevin Long and Mary T. Christel offer active drama approaches that position students to engage with a rich text through low risk speaking and improvisation activities as a part of any ELA classroom.   This book will provide activities that place students at the center of constructing meaning of Shakespeare’s work through inquiry-based research, and First Folio Technique. The book also includes customized text adaptation and abridgement, cue scripts for classroom performance, and active viewing and listening activities.  ISBN/ISSN(s): 9780814103821.

Recent Honors

Tony Award® Nomination
(March. 2015)
Excellence in Theatre Education
Motorola Solutions Foundation Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence. (May, 2019)

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