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Tom Vaughan

“I have written screenplays professionally for over 25 years, with eight films produced, and I have taught the subject for almost as long.”


About Me

Trained as an actor and an improviser, I like to chat! And I have a lot of opinions, some of them may even be correct. I am an expert in both professional screenwriting and teaching the subject, as I have done both for over 20 years.

My full bio:

Tom Vaughan has been writing professionally for over twenty years. He studied at the University of Houston with Broadway legend Jose Quintero and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee. It was his work as a writer and director in Houston theatre that got him recognized by Hollywood.  

He was soon writing screenplays for, among others, Phoenix Pictures, TNT, MTV Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, ABC, NBC, CBS, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures and Disney. He has developed screenplays for Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Cage, Barry Sonnenfeld, Chow-Yun Fat and many others.

WINCHESTER, the film he co-wrote starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, about the infamous Winchester Mystery House, opened nationwide in 2018. Tom just finished work on QUEEN MARY, about the famously haunted cruise liner in Long Beach, California. It is one of two productions slated for 2021. The other is DADDY'S GIRL for XYZ Films with Derrick Borte (UNHINGED) directing. Most recently Tom set up MOST WANTED at Miramax with director

Ruben Fleischer (ZOMBIELAND, VENOM) attached. 

His feature film debut was the action film UNSTOPPABLE, starring Wesley Snipes. In 2011, he completed his directorial debut, PLAYING HOUSE, based on a script written with Kristy Dobkin. His past productions include BLACKOUT with Jane Seymour for CBS, and CRITICAL ASSEMBLY with Katherine Heigl for NBC. He served as writer as well as Co-Producer on ATOMIC TWISTER with Sharon Lawrence and DEAD IN A HEARTBEAT with Penelope Anne Miller and Judge Reinhold, both for TBS. 

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