Morgan Vaughan was recently named interim executive director of LTV, effective May 15. She spoke about her background, and how people can get involved in the arts on the East End.
You have a background in the theater. How did you get involved?
My parents moved to East Hampton from New York City in 1963. My mother was a professional actress and singer and my father was a professional ballet dancer and theatrical director; in fact, he directed several community shows and was technical director for at least one summer at Guild Hall in the ’70s. I began acting and singing in my parents’ productions essentially because it was cheaper than finding a babysitter. Throughout college I worked summers in theaters, despite my majoring in humanities and French and starting singing professionally. I’ve lived in all the major theatrical markets, including Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and have appeared around the country as Patsy Cline in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” and “Always, Patsy Cline.” In 2008, I was accepted into The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University where I received my M.F.A in Classical Acting. Along the way, I also got an M.A. in Journalism and supported myself by copy-editing and administration. I have worked every job in the theater, from box office to light and sound tech. The past year and a half I was Arts Education Program Manager at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, working in administration and promoting arts education, a passion of mine. Besides acting, I am also an equity stage manager and started my own company with my husband Tristan Vaughan whom I met at The Shakespeare Theatre called Round Table Theatre Company. We have produced “Macbeth” and “Hamlet” in the Hamptons, “Macbeth” at LTV Studios in 2013 and “Hamlet” at Guild Hall last November 2014.
What experience have you had with LTV?
My experience working with executive director Seth Redlus and the staff at LTV when we produced “Macbeth” was exceptional, and I am very happy to work here full time. My experience so far as interim executive director is that it is not at all unlike stage managing—you have to be able to schedule, delegate, maintain good relationships, and think on your feet. I plan to be here for the duration of the executive director search, which we anticipate will be about six months.
How can people who might be interested in television get involved at LTV?
We have quarterly producers’ training classes that literally train someone to be able to produce at LTV within one day—this means you can host your own show or produce something for someone else. If the person can’t make the day-long class he or she can volunteer 14 hours of time—directing or doing camera work—to get the training that way. East Hampton residents can rent studio time for $10 an hour! Of course, we love for people to come in and learn and producers often look for volunteers to help with their shows. Please call ahead so our staff can help you book the best time. Visit www.ltveh.org and click on “services” and “programming policy” for further information.
Do you think there are enough opportunities for up-and-coming actors and artists on the East End?
There are never enough opportunities for actors! But if you look hard, and get connected with the right-minded, creative and generous people, you can hone your craft and make a lot of friends through volunteering. I volunteered most of my young adult life—in fact, you couldn’t keep me out of any theater—and was willing to do anything to stay there. That is why I can wear so many hats comfortably: I was willing to do anything and everything. You can definitely find those same opportunities at LTV, and I encourage anyone who is interested in television, theater or the arts to check us out.