Jay Glerum Rigging Instructors

Ed Leahy, Lead InstructorEd_Leahy_Head_Shot
Chicago Flyhouse - Head Trainer

Ed Leahy is the Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager at Chicago Flyhouse, Inc.  In that capacity, he 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. 

Jerry Dougherty Dougherty_Headshot
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.

Christopher Morris 
Salem State University - Technical Director 

Christopher Morris has been the Faculty Technical Director and resident sound designer for Salem State University since the fall of 2000.  He has done work for such companies as The River Rep, American Players Theatre and The Santa Fe Opera.  He is also currently serving on the USITT Diversity & Inclusion and is Chair of The Human Issues Caucus at the national conference.  He received his BA in theatre from the University of New Hampshire and continued on to receive his MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.

Bridget CoxBridget_Cox
J.R. Clancy - Executive Project Manager

Bridget is the Executive Project Manager for J.R. Clancy, overseeing the firm’s most complex projects from the acquisition phase through completion.  With fifteen years of rigging installation and management experience in the theatre industry, prior to joining Clancy nine years ago she most recently served as the Assistant Technical Director for New York City Opera in Lincoln Center.  At J.R. Clancy she has managed many projects both internationally and domestically, such as the Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taipei, Taiwan, the Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore, Singapore, One World Trade Center in New York, NY, and the Carmel Regional Performing Arts Center in Carmel, IN.  Bridget holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University in theatre design and production, a Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University, and is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Theatre).

Brian Phillips brian_Phillips
Ohio Northern University - Technical Director

Brian Phillips earned his B.A. in Communication Arts-Theatre with a minor in Industrial Technology from ONU and his M.F.A. in Technical Direction from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Prior to returning to ONU, Phillips served as Technical Director for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.  During his tenure at the Goodman, Phillips worked on over 30 world premier productions, including works from Regina Taylor, Sara Ruhl, Steven Sondheim, and Arthur Miller.  Since returning to ONU, he has taken students on tour internationally to England, Estonia, and China. Phillips also conceived and coordinated the “Performers Take Flight” workshops in 2014 and 2016.  In additions to his role as Technical Director he has been the scenic designer for multiple productions at ONU including Dancing at Lughnasa, Edges, and Nevada.  Phillips maintains his professional relationship with the Goodman, returning in 2013 as the Technical Supervisor for The Jungle Book, in 2014 as the Technical Director of The White Snake touring to the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China, and this past summer as Technical Supervisor for War Paint staring Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole.  An active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Phillips has presented at multiple conferences, and he is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 635.