Jodi Long will receive the Purchase College President’s Award for Distinguished Alumni at Commencement 2014.
The child of entertainers, Long had her stage debut on Broadway at age 7. She continued developing her talent as a classical dramatic actor while pursuing a BFA in Acting at Purchase. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, she performed in a number of productions both on and off-Broadway, including Loose Ends, The Bacchae, Getting Away with Murder, and Flower Drum Song, for which she received a Los Angeles Ovation Award.
A familiar face in film and TV, she’s acted in a wide range of roles from Patty Hearst to All-American Girl and in the current TBS series, Sullivan & Son. She’s been celebrated for her intelligence, comedic delivery, and ability to communicate with an audience.
Also a writer and producer, she’s written the movie Long Story Short about her parents’ careers as entertainers in the 1940s and 50s, for which she won the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary, and Surfing Dana, a one woman show, also nominated for an Ovation Award.
She gives her time generously, serving on the Boards of Visual Communications, the nation’s oldest Asian American Media Organization dedicated to fostering Asian Pacific filmmakers; the Screen Actors Guild, dedicated to increasing opportunity for women and diversity in the industry; and the Hollywood Orchard, dedicated to sustainability and community engagement through the experience of growing and sharing food. She also continues to support the College and its School of the Arts gala.