Laura Long

Laura Long
Office: HGH 202
Phone: (408) 924-4551
Email: laura.long@sjsu.edu

Laura Long received her BA with an emphasis in Acting from UC Santa Cruz, and her MA in Performance Theory from San Jose State University. Her Master’s Thesis, The Meaning of the Body in Performance: Cross Cultural Casting and Racial Identity won the Best Thesis Award at SJSU in 2000. She also holds a MFA in Screenwriting with a secondary emphasis in Nonfiction writing from San Jose State, for which she wrote a feminist teen screenplay, Rock the Field. She has taught acting, script analysis, and writing for the TRFT Department since 1997, as well as directing main stage productions. Directing credits at SJSU include The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, the world premier of Bye Bye bin Laden, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Angels in America, Of Mice and Men, Death of a Salesman, Yellow Face, The Seagull, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and To Kill A Mockingbird. She has also directed California Suite for Northside Theatre Company, The Price for Santa Clara Players, and Quilters and A Midsummer’s Night Dream for Notre Dame High School. As an actor, she studied classical acting at Shakespeare Santa Cruz with Tony Church, Paul Whitworth and Julian Curry. She also trained at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford , England with Rosemary Harris, Ian Hogg, and Earle Gister, among others, and worked in a new play development program at Playwright’s Horizons in New York. A member of both Actor’s Equity and SAG, she has performed locally with Theatreworks, San Jose Repertory Company and San Jose Stage Company, as well as in film, industrial and commercial work in California and New York.