Vaughan was a founder shareholder in and is Chairman of the Charing Cross Theatre, where he has been a regular producer.
Following an English Literature degree at London University, Vaughan enjoyed a long career in the City of London. Initially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, he then joined merchant bankers Morgan Grenfell & Co., where he was appointed to the main Board in 1993. Following the merger with Deutsche Bank, he was appointed a Managing Director in Deutsche's Investment Bank, where he managed UK Debt Capital Markets. Vaughan later specialised in Structured Finance, where he held a variety of positions in Asset and Project Finance, including Head of the London Office and Global Head of Risk.
Since retiring from banking in 2012, Vaughan divides his time between the theatre and property industries. His theatre productions include: 6 Actors In Search Of A Director, written and directed by Steven Berkoff; the UK première of Jerry Herman’s Dear World, starring Betty Buckley and written and directed by Gillian Lynne; the Olivier Award-winning production of La Bohème; In The Bar Of A Tokyo Hotel, by Tennessee Williams, starring Linda Marlowe; a number of shows currently in production/development.
Vaughan has also fulfilled a longheld ambition to appear on stage as lead guitarist in a rock and roll band.
Theatre includes: Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse); Grand Hotel (Tokyo, Japan; Southwark Playhouse – winner, Broadway World UK Award for Best Musical Revival, nominated, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production and 6 Off West End Awards including Best Musical Production); The Smallest Show On Earth, which he also co-wrote (Mercury, Colchester & UK tour); Peter Pan (US tour); Titanic (Princess Of Wales, Toronto; Tokyo & Osaka, Japan; Southwark Playhouse - longlisted, Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2013; winner, Broadway World UK Award for Best Fringe/Regional Musical 2013, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production and 4 Off West End Awards including Best Musical Production); The Grand Tour (Finborough); The Mikado (Charing Cross); Carnival Of The Animals (Riverside Studios); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ArtsEd); Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse); Mack & Mabel (Southwark Playhouse - longlisted, Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2012, nominated for 13 Broadway World UK Awards and 6 Off West End Awards); Merrily We Roll Along (Guildhall); Noël & Gertie (Cockpit); Parade (Southwark Playhouse - longlisted, Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2011, nominated, whatsonstage.com Award for Best Musical Revival 2012, Off West End Award for Best Musical Production 2012); Daisy Pulls It Off, The Diary of Anne Frank, Call Me Madam (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Me And Juliet (Finborough - winner, Off West End Awards for Best Director 2011); State Fair (Finborough & Trafalgar Studios) The Full Monty (New Players); Hobson’s Choice (Broadway Theatre, Catford); Hello Jerry!, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Landor); I Sing, Divorce Me Darling!, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pyjama Game, all-male adaptations of HMS Pinafore and The Mikado (Union).
Workshops include: Angela’s Ashes; The Braille Legacy.
Steven has spent the past 30 years as a theatrical producer, general manager and theatre owner in both New York and London.
Broadway includes: Whoopi - The 20th Anniversary Show (Lyceum, starring Whoopi Goldberg); Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (Longacre, starring Ellen Burstyn); Our Town (Booth, starring Paul Newman); I’m Not Rappaport (Booth, starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen); Dame Edna: The Royal Tour (Booth); The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (Water Kerr); The Lonesome West (Lyceum); Waiting In The Wings (Walter Kerr, starring Lauren Bacall). West End includes: In The Bar Of A Tokyo Hotel, Piaf, The Mikado, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, Long Story Short, Finian’s Rainbow, Ushers: The Front Of House Musical, Jerry Herman’s Dear World, the Olivier Award-winning La Bohème, 6 Actors In Search Of A Director (written and directed by Steven Berkoff), Fascinating Aïda – Cheap Flights, The Man On Her Mind, John Leguizamo - Ghetto Klown, Patricia Routledge – Facing The Music, Thrill Me (Charing Cross); Singular Sensations, Tom Stoppard’s The Invention Of Love (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Nixon’s Nixon (Comedy); Gross Indecency (Gielgud); The Boys In The Band (Aldwych).
Off-Broadway includes: Waiting For Godot (Theatre At St. Clements; 50th Anniversary Production); Kiki And Herb (Cherry Lane); As Bees In Honey Drown (Lucille Lortel); Gross Indecency (Minetta Lane); Molly Sweeney (Criterion Centre; starring Jason Robards and Alfred Molina); The Syringa Tree (Playhouse 91). Film includes: Our Town (Showtime, starring Paul Newman); Whoopi (HBO, starring Whoopi Goldberg); The Man On Her Mind (The Talking Pictures Company).
Steven’s productions have been the recipient of 14 Tony Award nominations, 5 Tony Awards, as well as the recipient of the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and OBIE Awards. In 1999, he was selected by Crain’s New York Business of one of the “40 under 40” outstanding business people in New York. Steven is an owner of the Charing Cross Theatre in London and is a past owner of the Actors’ Playhouse, Village Gate Theatre, Gramercy Theatre and Playhouse 91 in New York. He has lectured on theatre at Columbia University and the New School in New York and is currently on the faculty of the London College of Music. He is a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers and holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of West London.
Sean trained as an opera singer at Trinity College of Music and sang professionally before moving to the commercial side of theatre in 1994. In 2000 Sean was one of the founding members of Encore Tickets, a company that grew to become the UK’s largest independent ticket wholesaler. Sean sold his interest in December 2009.
As a producer his shows include: All My Sons (Apollo); An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville); High Society (two UK tours & Shaftesbury); The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Arts); Journey’s End (UK tour); The Long And The Short And The Tall (Pleasance, Islington); Prick Up Your Ears (Comedy); Rue Magique (King’s Head); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Edinburgh & The Venue); The Elephant Man (Trafalgar Studios).
Sean is a partner in the Charing Cross Theatre where he has co-produced and/or general managed: The Exonerated; Thrill Me; Confessions Of A Mormon Boy; John Leguizamo – Ghetto Klown; Naked Boys Singing; Patricia Routledge – Facing The Music; Fascinating Aïda: Cheap Flights; Afraid Of The Dark; Keeler; Lost Boy; Finian’s Rainbow; Ushers: The Front Of House Musical; Long Story Short; Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris; The Mikado; The Tinderbox; Piaf, Titanic, Ragtime, Christina Bianco's O Come all Ye Divas and Death Takes a Holiday.
Sean still provides Ticketing Consultancy services to a large number of clients who have included The Tickethour, Breganza Group and Kingdom Entertainment Group, Whatsonstage.com, London Theatre Direct and most recently Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones, Saatchi Gallery