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Bruce Vaughn

Adjunct Assistant Professor

About Bruce Vaughn

Bruce Vaughn teaches "Imagineering: The Art and Process of Entertainment Design” in the Department of Theater. He serves as the co-executive leader of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), the creative delivery arm of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in partnership with Chief Design and Project Delivery Executive Craig Russell. In his role, Vaughn leads the integrated creative teams of WDI, Walt Disney Creative Entertainment and WDI Research and Development to drive excellence in product development and innovation. His responsibilities span theme park attractions and special effects, innovative theater experiences, and new business opportunities that leverage invented and emerging technologies.

Vaughn joined WDI as a senior technical specialist. He spent time as a writer for Theme Park Productions and associate media producer for the renovation of Spaceship Earth at Epcot. Since then, he has been involved in disciplines across The Walt Disney Company, including feature animation, television, theatrical, music, Internet, consumer products and location-based entertainment.

Vaughn is co-chairman of the Disney Research Council, which oversees the group that performs a broad range of research and technical innovation for several areas of The Walt Disney Company. He has led R&D teams that received three Themed Entertainment Awards: Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold (best attraction), Stitch’s Photo Phone (best use of creative technology), and Lucky the Dinosaur (best use of creative technology).

Prior to joining WDI, Vaughn worked on the technical staff at Associates & Ferren in New York for five years where he contributed to the development and execution of special effects for various media projects. He has received screen credits on several feature films, including Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (assistant camera, live action effects unit) and Imposter (future-technology consultant).

Vaughn graduated cum laude from Colgate University in 1988 with a major in English literature and a minor in art history.