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. 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 Austin. He studied acting for three years under the guidance of Fran Dorn and during the summers he attended the Public Theater Shakespeare Lab in New York City and the Chautauqua Theater Company Conservatory. Upon completing his MFA he spent one year in residence at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, DC. Since moving to New York City in 2008, Blake has worked in film, television, and theatre. 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. His own full-length play The Hottest Blood was seen in a secret loft space in early summer 2015 and is being developed for further production. Blake teaches acting at James Franco’s Studio 4 and sits on the selection sub-committee for the American Playwriting Foundation, which honors the legacy of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is represented by Smith Talent Group, Wolf Talent Group, and Don Buchwald Associates, and lives in Nolita, Manhattan.
Film: Untitiled Joshua Marston Project (with Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, coming in 2016); Auld Lang Syne (Festival Circuit 2016); The Hostess (Festival Circuit 2016); Thank You A Lot (World Premiere 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 Nothing; LeFrak City; Arab, Alabama.
Television: HBO’s “Vinyl” (coming in 2016), NBC’s “The Blacklist”, FOX’s “The Following”.
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, Twelfth Night, and Treasure Island (Georgia Shakespeare Festival); Titus Andronicus (Austin Shakespeare Festival).
Readings+Workshops: The New Group, Yale Rep, New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, CUNY/Prelude, The Lark, The Claque, Red Bull Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Pig Iron, The TEAM.