Elephant by Bruce Vaughn
5″ x 4.5″, Drawing
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: I Wish I Had Friends Like That! curated by Amy Van Gilder from October 15th to November 15th, 2016
Former Chief Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering; President, Accordios Worldwide Enterprises, Inc.; Executive Brand Champion & Steward for Kimo Sabe Mescal; CEO, Vocal Ventures, LLC.
Bruce Vaughn was Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, he lead the integrated creative teams of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Disney’s Creative Entertainment (DCE) and WDI Research and Development to drive excellence in product development and innovation. The scope of Vaughn’s responsibilities included theme park attractions and special effects, innovative theater experiences, and new business opportunities that leverage invented and emerging technologies.
Vaughn joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1993 as a senior technical specialist. In order to gain experience in various aspects of the WDI process, Vaughn spent time working as a writer for Theme Park Productions and was associate media producer for the renovation of Spaceship Earth at Epcot. Since then, Vaughn has been involved in many efforts that cross over the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company, including Feature Animation, Television, Theatrical, Music, Internet, Consumer Products and Location-Based Entertainment.
Prior to joining WDI, Vaughn worked on the technical staff of Bran Ferren’s company, Associates & Ferren, in East Hampton, New York for five years where he contributed to the development and execution of special effects for various media projects. Vaughn has received several screen credits for feature films, including: “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” and “Imposter.”
Vaughn has led R&D teams that received THEA (Themed Entertainment Awards) awards for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold,” “Stitch’s Photo Phone,” and “Lucky the Dino.”
Bruce graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Art History.
Bruce Vaughn, the former head of Walt Disney Imagineering, is a member of the executive board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.