Photo by Matt HaffnerHarrison Long, Ed.D., M.F.A, B,F,A
Interim Dean, College of the Arts
Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies
Kennesaw State University


(Photo by Matt Haffner)

“At the center of arts training is perhaps the greatest lesson of all: the power of imagination. Imagination is important because it allows each of us, as leaders, to see beyond our current limitations and to visualize what we are capable of becoming.”

Harrison Long

Dr. Long has over thirty years’ experience as a director, actor, writer, teacher and leader. He has worked in television, regional theatres and in New York on material ranging from contemporary drama to musical comedy with special emphasis on Shakespeare.

 In 2005, Harrison returned to metropolitan Atlanta to found the Acting program at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Since then, he has held a variety of other leadership positions including Artistic Director of Theatre, Interim Director of the School of Art & Design, Interim Chair of Dance, Interim supervisor of the acclaimed Zuckerman Museum of Art and Interim Chair of KSU’s nationally-acclaimed Department of Dance. From 2019 to 2021 he served as Senior Associate Dean. He currently serves as Interim Dean of the KSU College of the Arts. 

In 2011, Long’s production of Splittin’ the Raft received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to tour seven North Georgia communities, creating healing conversations within inner-city schools and rural mountain towns. In 2013, Long directed the first site-specific production of Lee Blessing’s cold war drama, A Walk in the Woods at Serenbe Playhouse. In 2105, he staged the Tony award-winning musical Parade at Marietta’s Strand Theatre to commemorate the centennial of Leo Frank’s tragic death, which occurred just a few miles from the performance site.  In conjunction with the performance, Long orchestrated a KSU residency for playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss DaisyLast Night of Ballyhoo).

Harrison is an alumnus of the Florida State University School of Theatre, The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, and the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute. In 2023 he completed his doctoral studies from the University of Georgia in Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development. Harrison is the 2013 recipient of the Kennesaw State University, Foundation Prize for Publication and the 2014 winner of KSU’s Distinguished Professor Award.

Teaching credits include:

  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • University of Tennessee
  • St. John’s University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Georgia State University
  • Clayton College and State University
  • Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts
  • Summer Theatre Institute at Columbia University
  • The Casablanca International Theatre Festival

In the early 1990’s, Long served as a dialogue coach for episodic television with CBS.

Publications include articles in The International Journal of Arts Education, the Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement, the Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspectives, and the Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching,

Harrison is a proud member of The Actor’s Equity Association.