Khalid Long - Columbia College Chicago

Khalid Long

Assistant Professor


Khalid Yaya Long, Ph.D., (he/him/his), a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award (2020), is an assistant professor of theatre, coordinator of theatre studies, and coordinator of dramaturgy for mainstage productions.

Dr. Long has published scholarly essays in Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance as well as the Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance. Dr. Long's forthcoming scholarship includes essays in Theatre Design & Technology, TDR: The Drama Review, and the edited collection Critical Essays on the Politics of Oscar Hammerstein II, edited by Donald Gagnon. Dr. Long has also contributed essays to Black Masks, a long-established black theatre magazine.

Dr. Long’s current book project, Miracle Plays, Drylongso, and Transnational Feminism: The Black Feminist Theatre of Glenda Dickersonis a is a critical examination of the life and works of Black feminist artisan, pedagogue, and creative activist Glenda Dickerson (1945-2012). This study provides a genealogy of Glenda Dickerson’s career, highlighting some of the historical and socio-cultural influences that shaped her life and work in the theatre. Additionally, this project critically examines several of her unpublished, contemporary dramatic works including the Kitchen Prayers Series, a trilogy of performances inspired by the tragedy of 9/11. In short, this study aims to situate Dickerson as a forerunner of contemporary Black theatre as well as contemporary Black feminist theatre.

Dr. Long is a freelance dramaturg with a focus in production dramaturgy, new play development, and audience engagement. Dr. Long has worked at several major theatres including Mosaic Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Rep Stage (Howard County, MD), Center Stage (Baltimore, MD), and the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha, NE). Some of his dramaturgical productions include: Native Son by Nambi Kelley, Sunset Baby by Dominique Morisseau, Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home by M.K. Abadoo, Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith, Space by Kelli Garret, and Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames. Dr. Long is currently serving as the production dramaturg for the world premiere of Tyla Abercrumbie's Relentless at Timeline Theatre (Chicago).

Informed by his work as a dramaturg, Dr. Long’s directing credits includes the NewStew Playwriting Festival at Columbia College, A Song for Coretta by Pearl Cleage, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange, Mad at Miles by Pearl Cleage, Prayer Meeting; Or, The First Militant Preacher by Ben Caldwell, for black boys who have considered homicide when the streets were too much by Keith Antar Mason, and Chupucabra by Paloma Mohammed.

Dr. Long recently served as the Vice President and Conference Planner for the August Wilson Society as well as as a board member of the Black Theatre Association, a focus group of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.

Instructional Areas

Courses Taught: THEA106: Global Drama THEA107: American Drama THEA201: Theatre History and Inquiry THEA202: Traditions of World Theatre THEA211: African American Theatre and Performance THEA320: Dramaturgy Future Courses: THEA180: Introduction to Theatre Studies THEA280: Theories of Performance Studies

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Dr. Long's research interests include African American/Black diasporic theatre, performance, and literature through the lenses of critical race theory, 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.


B.A., Theater Cheyney University of PA 2009
M.A., English/Theatre Miami University 2011
Ph.D., Theater and Performance Studies University of Maryland 2018