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Part I - Master Class Workshop with Jesse Vaughan: How to deepen the experience of the actor and their connections

  • 9 Feb 2023
  • 6:00 PM
  • VCU Institute for Contemporary Art 601 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220


Join us for a free two-part workshop with American Film Director, Jesse Vaughan!

**Registration is required**

**Separate registration is required for Part One and Part Two of this event**

Watch Promo Video Here

Part One

@ The Institute for Contemporary Art

Thursday, February 9, 2023 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Partnership Details

The Virginia Production Alliance is partnering with VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art and 36-time Emmy Award Winning Director, Jesse Vaughn, for this informative two-part Master Class.  We will analyze scenes to explore the relationship between actor and director to gain better understanding of how deeper connections can be made. 

Workshop Takaways

  • Dive into the Director/Actor relationship on set
  • Explore Scene Blocking

  • Learn more about rehearsals

  • Better understand camera angles
  • Get the best out of those you hire

More about Jesse

Before directing the Warner Bros./Morgan Creek comedy motion picture "Juwanna Mann" starring Vivica A. Fox and Miguel Nunez and "The Last Punch - Muhammad Ali Story," American film director Jesse Vaughan began his career at WTVR-TV6 in Richmond, VA. He directed the local news programming and produced his first television show at 19. Vaughan later directed nine nationally syndicated educational documentaries distributed to PBS stations across America entitled Fourth R: Rights.

At 22, Vaughan took a job with NBC, where he would spend more than a decade working on programs such as:

  • The Jesse Jackson Show
  • America's Black Forum
  • Meet the Press
  • NBC Nightly News
  • The Today Show
  • Charlie Rose Show 

During that time, he also directed WRC-TV News Center 4's 5:00 p.m. news show and placed number one for the first time in more than ten years. 

"Watching Jesse direct

is like watching a composer

conduct an orchestra."

- Quincy Jones

Vaughan went on to direct the acclaimed sketch comedy series, "In Living Color," starring Jim Carey, Jamie Fox, and David Alan Grier. His subsequent adventures included directing music videos for the likes of 'NSync, featuring Justin Timberlake, and working on music documentaries for MTV Networks, including music specials on Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Paula Abdul, Melissa Etheridge, and Steve Winwood. 

Vaughn also got the opportunities to direct commercials for Domino's Pizza and Kmart, along with show openings for NBC's Barcelona Olympics in Spain.

Jesse has received 64 Emmy Award nominations throughout his career, of which he has garnered 36. He is currently the chief marketing and communications officer at Richard bland College of William and Mary, where he works to create commercials and documentaries that influence the next generation to realize the power of higher education.

Jessie travels between Los Angeles in Virginia and maintains a residence Inn Petersburg, Virginia.

Virginia Production Alliance
P.O. Box 7419, Richmond, VA 23221

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