The Joint Training Initiative of The ESTA Foundation and USITT announces Electrical and Rigging Training Sessions to be held at the Village Theatre at Cherry Hill in Canton Michigan. The event will be hosted and coproduced by Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti in association with The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill.

Each session is a three-day event designed for entertainment technicians at a basic to intermediate level. The rigging session will be held Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31, 2009. The electrical session will be held the following week Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7, 2009.

The Rigging course will be taught by ETCP Recognized Trainer Jay Glerum. His program, The 4 Ks of Stage Rigging, will cover Liability, Forces, and Reactions (The Physics of Rigging), Types and Designs of Hardware, Proper Operation, and Inspection/Maintenance Issues. Also included will be discussions of Motorized Rigging, Fire Curtain Rigging, and Rigging Math.

The Electrical course will be taught by Richard Cadena, ETCP Certified Electrician and ETCP Recognized Trainer. This course is titled The FUNdamentals of Electricity!, and will cover basic electricity, power distribution and control systems as they relate to the work of the entertainment electrician.

Both courses will count towards Renewal Credits for ETCP Certified technicians.