Blake DeLong is a 5th generation Texas native– his family founded the small town of Joaquin in the eastern part of the state in the early 19th century. He was raised in Dallas, where he was deeply involved in his high school theater department, and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. While in college, Blake took a break from acting to study history, watch football, and play in rock bands. Upon graduation, he began auditioning again and was soon a busy member of Austin’s vibrant theatre community. After two years and several critically acclaimed performances, Blake was invited to join the new MFA Acting program at UT. He studied acting for three years in Austin under the guidance of Fran Dorn, and during the summers he attended the Public Theater Shakespeare Lab in New York City as well as the Chautauqua Theater Company Conservatory. Upon completing his MFA he spent one year in residence at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, DC.
Blake moved to New York City in 2008 and has performed there Off-Broadway and also at many prestigious regional theatres across the US. He is best known for his leading performance as Jack Hand in Matt Muir’s critically acclaimed independent film Thank You A Lot. He also originated the father/son dual role of Andrey and Old Prince Bolkonsky in Dave Malloy’s Off-Broadway sensation Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, for which he was nominated for a 2014 Lucille Lortel Award. He has appeared in feature films, short films, and many national commercials. He lives in Nolita, Manhattan.
Film: Thank You A Lot (World Premiere SXSW 2014, distributed by Gravitas Venutres); 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 (Official selection Rooftop Films Summer Series, NYC and Dallas Video Festival ACE Award for Best Direction); Keys of Change; Fall to Grace, Better Than Nothing; LeFrak City; Arab, Alabama.
Off-Broadway/New York Theatre: 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.)
Regional Theatre: The North Plan (Portland Center Stage); Twelfth Night (Pig Iron Theatre Company); The Mystery of Irma Vep (Actors Theater of Louisville); All in the Timing (Connecticut Repertory Theater); Ghosts (Triad Stage); Major Barbara , Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, Edward II, and Tamburlaine (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Much Ado About Nothing and The Just (Chautauqua Theatre Company); hour.minute.second (Rude Mechs); Twelfth Night (The State Theatre); Hamlet and Twelfth Night (Georgia Shakespeare Festival); Titus Andronicus (Austin Shakespeare Festival).
Readings+Workshops: Yale Rep, New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, CUNY/Prelude, The Lark, Red Bull Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Pig Iron, The TEAM.