will hold three four-day seminars in 2004: in Orlando on February 1-4, Las Vegas on May 2-5, and Denver on June 27-30. Each seminar entails three days of instruction on rigging principles and practices. The most popular part of the course is the full day of hands-on training.
The recent collapse of a rigging grid in Atlantic City during a Timberlake-Aguilera set-up emphasizes the need for rigging safety training. Because of the risk and liability in entertainment-industry rigging, every venue, school, company, and labor supplier should have competent trained riggers.
Rigging Seminars is recognized as a leader in rigging training. It has been in operation more than 10 years and trained more than 4000 people. It is completely independent, and not associated with any manufacturer or supplier. The instructors are two highly respected people in the entertainment industry: Jay Glerum is the author of the Stage Rigging Handbook, and Harry Donovan is the author of Entertainment Rigging and an active member of the new ESTA Rigging Skills Committee, which is writing a certification standard for riggers. More than 20 major entertainment industry organizations have committed to supporting the rigging certification program.