Jonathan Deull - ETCP Certified Rigger, ETCP Recognized Trainer
For more than 35 years, Jonathan Deull has been a show business maid-of-all-work. Although his current projects focus largely on education and training, he has extensive professional experience in many aspects of live entertainment and media production, having produced, directed, and designed productions of all shapes and sizes. In addition to his freelance work, he serves as Executive Vice President of Clark Transfer, the theatrical transportation and logistics company started by his grandfather in 1949. Since 1997 he has been deeply engaged in the study and practice of rigging for live entertainment, with a particular emphasis on aerial performer rigging for circus, aerial dance and theatre. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Theatre), and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He serves as a voting member of the PLASA Rigging Working Group that formulates rigging standards for the entertainment industry, and as a senior Safety Consultant for the American Circus Educators Association, developing guidelines and protocols for aerial performance training programs and facilities. For the past 36 years, Jonathan has been a proud member of IATSE Local 329.
Jerry Dougherty - University of Central Washington - Production Manager
Jerry Dougherty is the Production Manager and a Senior Lecturer at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. He received his MFA in Theatre Design and Technology from The University of Texas at Austin and is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the Production Manager’s Forum. He became an ETCP Certified Rigger – Theatre in 2011 and has developed theatre rigging curriculums at CWU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has served as the scheduling and program coordinator for the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival since 2011 and serves as a member of the Ellensburg City Arts Commission. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with over 24 years of service and is currently the Distribution Management Center Chief for the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Marysville, WA. In 2015 he co-authored the paper “Cultural Seeding: Van Tac Vu Theatre During the Vietnam War” with Dr. Jay Ball.
Patrick Finn - Patrick grew up in Ohio where he started working in technical theatre at a young age. In addition to educational theatre he spent his summers in high school working in the lighting and scenery departments of the local summer stock theatre company. He continued to work in theatre professionally throughout his college career at Baldwin-Wallace College. After completing his studies he proceeded to work up and down the East Coast at regional theatres and opera companies. After a particularly rewarding experience with a renovation, Patrick became interested in and found employment in theatre consulting, where he used his experience working in theatre to help others design new and renovated performance spaces. In 2009 he joined with J.R. Clancy and to provide rigging and performing arts equipment to venues across the country and the world. His current position as Performing Arts Product Manager provides him with the opportunity to develop technical and equipment solutions to artistic challenges and to work with designers to help their ideas come to fruition.
Shane Kelly – Chair of Design and Technology, Head of Theatre Technology, The Theatre School DePaul University
Shane Kelly is Professor and Head of Theatre Technology at The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is the co-author, with Jay O. Glerum, of the upcoming 4th edition of Stage Rigging Handbook. Shane is co-founder and Executive Director of Chicago’s Cloudgate Theatre. Recent Chicago credits include production management for Welcome Yule! at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Society, DePaul School of Music Opera, and Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust. Nationally he has worked as the Opera Technical Director and Sound Design Instructor at University of Northern Colorado, Assistant Technical Director at American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, Carpenter and Rigger at Guthrie Theatre and a freelance scenic, sound and lighting designer. Internationally he was the Associate Director of Education for SpaceLab at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial and Technical Director for Six Acts at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial Scenofest. He has an MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.
Ed Leahy - Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager, Chicago Flyhouse, Inc
Ed Leahy conducts training classes for theater technicians around the globe. He is also adjunct faculty at The Theatre School at DePaul University, teaching classes in technical theater production. Prior to his work at Chicago Flyhouse, Ed served as the Technical Director for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater from 2003 to 2014, supervising the scenic elements for around 150 productions including national and international tours and transfers. Ed is an active member of USITT, leading the entry level curriculum development and teaching for the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes and serving as chair for the eSET Resource Group. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Arena and Theatre) and holds an MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.
Andi Lyons - Head of Design & Technology, SUNY Albany
Andi Lyons is Resident Lighting Designer, Professor, and Head of Design and Technology for the University at Albany's Theatre Program. She currently serves as USITT's Vice-President for Members, Sections & Chapters, and as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee within the Institute. Andi received her MFA from Yale University's School of Drama.
Jeff Reder - Principal and Founder of Clark-Reder
Jeff is a principal and founder of Clark-Reder, a full service consulting engineering firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jeff, business partner Daniel Clark, and their staff are presently licensed in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia. They are highly experienced in the design and use of both aluminum and steel outdoor stage roof and ground support systems.
Eric Rouse - Head of Product Development for Chicago Flyhouse
At Flyhouse, Eric is charged with bringing new technologies and ideas to reality. He is also one of the main rigging trainers for the company and does training for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. Eric has been doing rigging training for over ten years, and performs training for Columbus Mckinnon, Disney World, Orange County Convention Center, Cirque du Soleil, Le Reve, Thomas Truss, Mountain Productions, and IATSE Locals 1 & 4 in NY. Prior to Flyhouse, he was the technical director for the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company where he managed all of the scenic construction and installations for a 14-show season. He has worked for Flying by Foy as a project manager and flying director, and Cirque du Soleil as lead rigger for maintenance for the show "O" at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. He spent 10 years as a professor and head of the BFA and MFA in Scenic Technology at Penn State University. Eric is an ETCP certified rigger and recognized trainer.
Elmer Veith - Technical Sales Manager of Total Structures
Elmer has over twenty years of entertainment rigging industry experience and has been with Total Structures since 2006, overseeing sales for the Eastern US, Canada and the Caribbean basin. During this time he has worked on a number of significant projects including the catwalk refit of the Polynesian Cultural Center Amphitheater in Hawaii, the installation of a seasonal outdoor roof structure in Polk Brothers Park in Chicago, and several large outdoor installations at the Texas State Fair. He has also been the project lead for the development of new products at Total including the company’s V-tower Audio Delay Systems and the Pointman Electric Chain Hoist product line. Before joining Total Structures, Elmer established the sales and service divisions at Atlanta Rigging Systems during his nearly eight years with the company, one of the leaders in the industry.