Award-winning, Hollywood Actor, Director, and Producer Derek Long Moves to Asheville, NC

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.

ASHEVILLE, NC (June 12, 2019) –  Award-winning actor, director, and producer Derek Long has relocated from Hollywood to Asheville, NC to engage in the region’s burgeoning, fertile theatrical community.

In addition to his collaboration with local theater companies, Long plans to establish a local chapter of his acclaimed one-on-one performance classes where he helps participants build stage skills for an effortless performance. Tailored for dancers, actors, musicians, or any artist who is the center of attention, the performance class helps clients realize their full potential and develop the confidence to be in front of an audience.

In Hollywood, Long played lead roles in numerous independent films such as Socket, 3-day Weekend and Make The Yuletide Gay, which won him The People’s Choice Award at San Diego Film Fest. He continued to take on stage roles in Hollywood, Santa Monica and Long Beach, including such productions as Hamlet, Cloud 9 and Catching The Butcher. He continues to serve as a producer and panel judge for the nationwide festival, “Panndora’s Box New Works Festival”. This ongoing position will provide him the opportunity to explore and uncover new voices in theaters across the country.

“I loved my 20 year career spent in California, and was eager to move back East to explore the culturally rich area of Asheville and it’s community of diverse artists,” said Long. “I’m beyond excited to jump into the next chapter of my communal arts exploration, and Asheville is the perfect place to be!”

Long’s first performance class in Asheville is scheduled for early next spring; just in time for the busiest season of the year for actors.

"Derek is an incredible teacher, actor and guide!” said Terra K., a Hollywood-based client. “His approach is supportive and incredibly relevant. He creates a safe space for people of all backgrounds and experience levels to explore and grow and his methods for approaching the work translates immediately into real-word experience."

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About Derek Long:

Derek Long is an award-winning film, television, voice-over and stage actor based in Asheville, 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. For the latest news on Derek Long and his upcoming attractions, visit

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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