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Morgan Vaughan

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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.


LTV Studios Audited by East Hampton Town

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Following an audit by the East Hampton Town’s budget office of Local T.V., Inc., known locally as LTV Studios, the East Hampton Town Board began discussing internal controls it would like to put in place as it looks towards a new contract with the studio to provide public access to residents in East Hampton Town.

The town’s contract with LTV is up for renewal in November of 2012.

On Tuesday, during a town board work session, budget officer Len Bernard presented the findings of the audit, which was completed by certified public accountant Charlene Kagel.

According to Bernard, through Cablevision franchise fees the town collects, LTV received about $640,000 from the town last year.

That accounts for seven-eighths of the studio’s overall budget said Bernard, with a small portion of funding coming from the Village of East Hampton and through outside fundraising.

As East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson noted, the town is not required to give the 80 percent of Cablevision franchise fees to LTV, as it does, and could spend the money elsewhere if the town board felt it was warranted.

In his report on the audit, Bernard said that “generally speaking” Kagel found LTV did spend the money it received on equipment, services and other items related to its mission, which is to provide public access to the residents of East Hampton Town.

The studio does have an external audit performed each year, added Bernard, and those audits are available to town board members.

Despite spending the money correctly, Bernard said the studio does not follow a procurement policy that ensures it the best price possible on a service, or if it does, documentation is not available to show it is following that practice.

The budget office believes if the town negotiates a new contract with the board of directors of LTV it should require the studio follow the town’s procurement policy or at least the procurement policy laid out under general municipal law.

Another suggestion from the budget office is that the town require LTV to show what equipment, or hard costs, are purchased with town monies. That equipment, said Bernard, should LTV cease to serve as the public access agent for the town, would become town property and without a record it is impossible to discern exactly what would belong to the town should the studio shut down and what would belong to LTV.

Town board member Dominick Stanzione said he would also like to explore having LTV come to the town board, like all other town departments, and request its budget rather than simply get the money up front.

While LTV could very well show the studio’s budget is critical to keep at its current level, he said, it is ideal for them to follow the same practice of any other department within the town.