Derek Long is an award-winning, bi-coastal actor, producer, and director based in Asheville, NC, who enjoys practicing his art in whatever corner of the globe it takes him. His work can be seen online, on DVD, VOD, cable, and in-person on the stage. Enjoy and come back often for the latest news on Derek Long and his upcoming attractions.

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"Merry Mid-Century" Holiday Play Is Coming

I will be directing a new holiday play at The Found Theater called "Merry Mid-Century A Found Tribute To 1950s TV Chirstmas Specials"! Here is the official blurb on the production. Come on out and have a holiday laugh or two and help support the local homeless. 

Feeling stressed out over the holidays? Having anxiety over the color of the Starbucks seasonal cup? Can't decide whether to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays ...

Presenting Our Fantastic Cast

Here is a picture of the cast of the stage reading I'm directing this November 5th, IN KINGS AND FOOLS. What a truly talented group of actors we've assembled: Kevin Ragsdale, Joshua Evans, Arek Pfiefer, Rebecca Taylor, Pete Taylor, Keira Whitaker, Nick Emmett McGee and Caitlin Lawerre. You are a DREAM cast!

Part of the challenge of a larger cast is getting them scheduled for rehearsals, but we finally found a date to ...

IN KINGS AND FOOLS gets a Director!

I've been fortunate to be chosen to direct the staged reading of IN KINGS AND FOOLS, by Kevin Daly, a drama about a blue-collar New England family and their neighborhood, set just before the tragedy of 9/11. The play has a classic feel to it, reminiscent of Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS…strong characters, and strong conflict.
The staged reading is part of Panndora Production's Panndora's Box Festival of New ...

Festival Winners Announced!

Here is the list of winning playwrights from this year’s “Panndora’s Box” 10th Annual New Works Festival.


AN HOUR UPON THE STAGE by Richard Manley


FOR SALE by Matthew Fowler


TRUE WILL by William Triplett


Honorable Mentions go to:


ERATZ VANILLA by Cary Simowitz

MY ROOMATE LUCIFER by Alexandrew Recore


New Works Festival Winners Selected

The selection of winners from "Panndora’s Box" 10th Annual New Works Festival is completed! After evaluating over 200 new plays by authors from around the globe, the five finalists have been selected (along with five honorable mention winners). These truly amazing works will mounted by professional actors and directors this Winter. I hope you can join us for one, or all, of these performances to experience the amazing craft of these emerging playwright’s works ...

Derek Long
Derek Long

A great actor is generous. They're in tune with themselves physically and emotionally. They come to terms with nerves, and work with it. They are present on stage, and they give themselves completely to the other actors, who are able to give back to them. There is give and take. The story is told, and there is total connection with the audience.

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