Las Vegas: March 10-13
Atlanta: April 28-May 1
Chicago: July 14-17
Seattle: October 6-9

Rigging Seminars announces their nationwide 2008 Rigging Seminars schedule.As one of the largest and longest established entertainment rigging training programs in North America, their classes have trained thousands of riggers nationwide. Both beginners and advanced riggers find the classes valuable, practical, and useful.

Attendees learn safe and efficient rigging techniques for sound, lighting, video, scenery, and special effects. The methods taught apply to theatres, circuses, arenas, stadiums, schools, hotels, museums, conference centers, outdoor venues, and studios.

Rigging Seminars are taught by an all-star cast of the three most experienced entertainment rigging instructors in America. They literally wrote the books on rigging!

The Atlanta class is combined stage and arena rigging, taught by Bill Sapsis and Harry Donovan. The Seattle class is combined stage and arena rigging, taught by Jay O. Glerum and Harry Donovan. The Las Vegas and Chicago classes are intensive arena rigging classes taught by Harry Donovan.

Jay O. Glerum has been doing, designing, teaching, and inspecting entertainment rigging for more than 45 years. He wrote the Stage Rigging Handbook, the only book on the design, care, and use of stage rigging. Jay has taught technical theatre at several universities, consulted on numerous theatre and television studio projects, been a scenery and lighting designer, and worked as a systems engineer for a major theatre equipment company.

Bill Sapsis has been installing stage rigging equipment for over 30 years. His rigging career has taken him from the neighborhood theatres to Times Square and a stint at the White House. Sapsis Rigging, Inc. the company he founded in 1981, is the leader in safety inspections in North America. Sapsis is chairman of the Rigging Working Group for ESTA’s Technical Standards Program, a member of the ETCP Council, and co-chairman of the Rigging Certification Committee.

Harry Donovan is both an engineer and one of the world’s best-known riggers. He wrote the standard text Entertainment Rigging and created the RigRight software. He rigged more than 200,000 points over 37 years without a failure. Donovan rigged many large tours, such as Elton John, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Paula Abdul, Bruce Springsteen, REO Speedwagon, Aerosmith, and The Who, and numerous types of events, installations, and venues. Harry has organized arena rigging into a few simple engineering principles, practical rules of thumb, and safe working techniques that are immediately useful to all riggers and managers.