Create Your Own TED Talk (Rising 8th-11th Grades), June 24-28


Course open to Branson and non-Branson students.

Week 2

9:00-12:30, M-F


Instructor: Maura Vaughn (Theater Teacher)


TedEd is an educational offshoot of Ted, a program recognized for its method of spreading ideas through short, powerful talks. TedEd focuses on teaching students the art of storytelling as well as public speaking. Throughout the camp, each student will create their own TedTalk and will present it to an audience at the culmination of the week.

Instructor Bio:

Maura Vaughn has been a professional actress and teacher of acting for over twenty years. A graduate of New York University's prestigious Tisch School for the Arts, she trained with Nikos Psachoropolous and Michael Kahn, and had the privilege to take workshops with such luminaries as Uta Hagen and Stella Adler. In 1996, she took over as Director of Theatre at the Branson School. There, she developed a comprehensive four-year program for introducing teens to the craft and discipline of acting, as well as helping them to unlock their own confidence, spontaneity, and creativity. Her book, Anatomy of a Choice: An Actor’s Guide to Text Analysis was published by University Press of America in 2010. She lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband and their two daughters.