Rhiannon Ciara Vaughn

Rhiannon Ciara Vaughn

Rhiannon Ciara Vaughn is an award-winning, produced Mexican-American playwright based in Los Angeles. Her short play "Wine Night" was a Region 8 finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and has been produced at the InspiraTO Festival (Toronto) and The Scribes Stages Playwright Showcase at the Moving Arts Theatre (Los Angeles). Her play "A Lovely Day Outside" was...
Rhiannon Ciara Vaughn is an award-winning, produced Mexican-American playwright based in Los Angeles. Her short play "Wine Night" was a Region 8 finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and has been produced at the InspiraTO Festival (Toronto) and The Scribes Stages Playwright Showcase at the Moving Arts Theatre (Los Angeles). Her play "A Lovely Day Outside" was selected as a Top 5 Play at the 2019 Living on the Edge Festival. Her play Gifted* was a finalist for the 2019 Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Workshop.

In addition to the theatre, Rhiannon has played with various other methods of visual storytelling including film and live comedy. Rhiannon has written, directed, produced, and edited short films that have screened at SF Sketchfest, the Awareness Festival, and the 909 Film Festival, where her short comedy 9oh9 received the Ambassador Award. She recently edited the short film So Much To Do, which will be included in the Horror Anthology SCARE PACKAGE, making its World Premiere at the Sitges Film Festival and US Premiere at Telluride Horror. 

In addition, Rhiannon has produced, stage-managed, and photographed live comedy shows all over Los Angeles. She worked on shows including Underbelly, Unnecessary Evil, Good Heroine, and Riot LA Comedy Festival. In 2013 her variety show THEME PARTY PRESENTS: BLUTHFEST! was featured in LA Weekly.
 
Rhiannon has a BA in Psychology from Pitzer College and an MFA in Creative Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University. Her plays can be found on New Play Exchange.

Plays

  • Gifted*
    Marcus and Rosa disagree on what it means to provide the very best education for their daughter, a highly gifted student. As a Black man, Marcus was often underestimated and wants to give his daughter the advantages she never had. As a Latina, Rosa never got any advantages from her Mensa card and doesn't want her daughter to sacrifice her identity to fit in with the "gifted" kids. They are forced...
    Marcus and Rosa disagree on what it means to provide the very best education for their daughter, a highly gifted student. As a Black man, Marcus was often underestimated and wants to give his daughter the advantages she never had. As a Latina, Rosa never got any advantages from her Mensa card and doesn't want her daughter to sacrifice her identity to fit in with the "gifted" kids. They are forced to finally confront the issue when Marcus invites a board member of a prestigious boarding school, the wife of his boss and well-meaning White woman, to dinner. 

    Over the course of dinner this group of four highly-intelligent people with very different experiences in the world reveal their ignorance and priorities.
     
    Gifted* is a dramedy that asks questions around parenting and which values are most important to instill in our children, the image of intelligence versus what it actually means, how race affects our perceptions of high IQ, and how code switching is an aspect of success that requires a lot of thought and energy in social interactions.
  • A Lovely Day Outside
    An exhausted new mother and a heartbroken woman have a chance meeting at a park and discover the universality of disappointment and the hope embedded in new friendship.
  • The Age of the Guru is Dead
    Renata is a Guru. With the help of a guru of her own, she overcame her dark past and struggles with addiction to find inner peace. And like many who came before her, Renata turned that into the life of her dreams...and a New York Times best-seller. Renata has a strong and faithful following her adore her teachings on letting go and manifesting the life of your dreams.

    But The Age of the Guru is...
    Renata is a Guru. With the help of a guru of her own, she overcame her dark past and struggles with addiction to find inner peace. And like many who came before her, Renata turned that into the life of her dreams...and a New York Times best-seller. Renata has a strong and faithful following her adore her teachings on letting go and manifesting the life of your dreams.

    But The Age of the Guru is Dead. A new internet star is stealing her shine. Laurel is messy and swears and refers to her daily weed habit as "using plant medicine". Laurel is everything Renata had to bury in herself, and the new generation loves her. 

    Inspired by the teachings of Laurel, Chloe decides to confront the mother who abandoned her fifteen years before: Renata. Renata is forced to walk through the fire with a very public audience. Will her fans forgive Renata for her past? The only way out is through.
  • Wine Night
    A book club made of up 5 women meet up to discuss their current book, but end up embroiled in a debate about a choice one of them wishes to make.