Blake DeLong

Acting Faculty


Blake DeLong is an actor based in New York City. He can currently be seen alongside Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo in Sam Gold's critically acclaimed production of Othello at New York Theater Workshop. He is best known for originating the dual role of Andrei and Old Bolkonsky in Dave Malloy's smash hit Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, now on Broadway, for which he received a 2014 Lucille Lortel Award nomination. 

Other stage work includes productions at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, BAM, Ars Nova, 59E59, and at regional theatres across America. He has helped develop new plays for Soho Rep, Yale Rep, The Lark, New Dramatists, and Center Theatre Group, and his original play The Hottest Blood was independently produced and performed in New York City in the summer of 2015.

His film work includes lead roles in current festival favorite Shy Guys, opposite 2016 Tony Award winner Reed Birney, as well as 2014 SXSW Official Selection Thank You a Lot, and supporting roles in We Need To Talk About Kevin, Complete Unknown, and Auld Lang Syne. His television credits include "The Blacklist", "Vinyl", "The Following", "Unforgettable", and "The Mysteries of Laura".

Blake holds an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin, where he also taught undergraduate acting. He received additional training at the Public Theater Shakespeare Lab, the Chautauqua Theatre Company Conservatory, and completed a one-year fellowship in residence at the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. 

He lives in South Brooklyn with his wife and their very silly dog, Hugo.

Since relocating to New York City, Blake has worked in film, television, theatre, and national commercials. He is best known for his leading performance as Jack Hand in Matt Muir’s critically acclaimed independent film Thank You a Lot, which premiered at SXSW 2014. Other credits include:

Television: HBO's "Vinyl", A&E's "Unforgettable", NBC's "The Blacklist" and "The Mysteries of Laura", FOX's "The Following".

FilmComplete Unknown (with Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, World Premiere at Sundance 2016); Auld Lang Syne (Festival Circuit 2016); The Hostess (Festival Circuit 2016); Thank You A Lot (SXSW 2014, distributed by Gravitas Ventures); We Need To Talk About Kevin (with Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly, Cannes, TIFF), Sons of the Rodeo (SXSW, Vail, Longbaugh, CinemaTexas Film Festivals, and winner Best Film at Spin Fest Film Festival); Expecting (Directed by Piaget Spirit Award winner Chris Ohlson, Official Selection Rooftop Films, Dallas Video Festival ACE Award for Best Direction); Better Than NothingLeFrak City; Arab, Alabama.  

Off-Broadway/New York TheatreIn Quietness (Walkerspace); The Bachelors (Rattlestick); Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination); The Essential Straight & Narrow (The New Ohio); The World Is Round (BAM); Abi Morgan's Tiny Dynamite (59E59); The Man-made Rock (Fourth Street Theatre); Viva Los Bastarditos! at (LaMaMa ETC/FringeNYC - Winner, Audience Favorite Award); Taboos (SoHo Playhouse.)

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Here's what Blake's students have to say about him:


"I was so intimidated by Shakespeare and had a really bad experience in college. I finally got it together and faced my fear and took this class. Blake creates such a safe and comfortable space for you to learn, share, and perform.  He pushes you to become a better actor through the process, and you will." -Justin James Lang

"Saying Blake DeLong is a fantastic teacher isn't giving credit where it's due. I learned so much from him when I took the Shakespeare course. In just one semester I learned to better understand Shakespeare's language! He also teaches techniques that apply beyond Shakespeare to all of theater and acting. I cannot wait to take the course again. Thanks Blake!" -Andrea Nash

"Blake is a gift to any actor looking to work on their craft. His passion for acting and love for teaching make him the ultimate package. Whether you are advanced or an absolute beginner, Blake will make your experience a great one!" -Jonny Rios