Long Wharf acting company co-founder Vaughn McBride, longtime regional theater actor, playwright, teacher and director who was vigorously connected with the Actors Theater of Louisville for a quarter century, died Nov. 24 in Salt Lake City from cancer. He was 66.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, McBride moved east to co-found the Long Wharf Theater acting company in New Haven, Conn., where he played the lead in “The Crucible,” “The Hostage,” “Private Eye” and others.
From 1961-67, he appeared in more than 57 productions with the Cleveland Playhouse acting company. His notable roles include Astroff in “Uncle Vanya,” Jonathan in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and Crean in “Antigone.
1970 marked the beginning of McBride’s 25-year run as a resident acting company member with the Actors Theater of Louisville, during which time he performed in more than 100 plays, including “A Christmas Carol,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “As You Like It” and “King Lear.”
He was the sole founder of ATL’s apprenticeship program, State Tour program and Adventure Theater.
He co-founded Walden Theater’s Young Playwrights program in Louisville in 1981, where he taught playwrighting to middle and high school students for more than a decade.
McBride’s published and produced writings include “Let’s Us,” “New Girl,” “Good Old Boy,” “Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son,” and “Small Halos.”
Moving to the bigscreen, he appeared in the film “SLC Punk!” in 1999. He also acted in TV’s “Touched by an Angel.”
He is survived by his mother, sister and several nieces and nephews.