The registration deadline is just three weeks away for The ESTA Foundation’s second annual Mid-Atlantic Technical Training Week. Register by Monday, January 7 for the training week, being held January 21-26, 2008 at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, just 12 miles from Washington, DC. The training is co-sponsored by Theatre & Entertainment Technology at Prince George’s Community College and The ESTA Foundation’s Seminars & Training Committee. The courses will be held at PGCC Campus, Queen Anne Fine Arts Building, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774.

This six-day professional training week includes courses for lighting programmers, technicians, and electricians, as well as for arena and stage riggers. Some of the courses carry recertification credits for ETCP certified electricians and riggers.

Rigging Track:

Arena Rigging Math Fundamentals: Monday, January 21

G. Anthony Phillips of IA Local 16, ETCP Certified Arena Rigger and ETCP Recognized Trainer, will present a full-day workshop for rigging in arenas, ballrooms, convention centers, and theatres. The course will cover the essentials of math used for rigging.

Stage Rigging Fundamentals: Tuesday and Wednesday: January 22-23

Rigging expert Jay O. Glerum of Jay O. Glerum & Associates Inc., ETCP Recognized Trainer, will present a two-day class on stage rigging. The class will cover the physics of rigging, load calculations, hardware design and selection, operation procedures, and inspection and maintenance practices.

Lighting/Electrical Track:

grandMA Lighting Console Training: Tuesday and Wednesday: January 22-23
Presented by A.C.T Lighting
Level 1 Training is designed to give new users the ability to move around and work with the grandMA, grandMA light, or grandMA ultra light console. After completing Level 1, operators should feel comfortable taking over a show that someone else has programmed. Level 2 training is designed to bring existing moving light and conventional lighting console operators to a competent level using a grandMA, grandMA light, or grandMA ultra light.

Entertainment Electrician Training: Thursday, Friday and Saturday: January 24-26

Richard Cadena, ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician and ETCP Recognized Trainer, will present the three-day seminar that covers the concepts of electrical theory, power distribution, and networking: Ethernet, RDM, ACN, wireless, fiber, and more.

For additional information please contact James W. Utterback co-chair, The ESTA Foundation Seminars & Training Committee, at