Jay O. Glerum Intermediate Level Rigging Class - Durham, NC

January 29 & 30 - REGISTRATION OPEN!

Glerum Intermediate class:

Intermediate track is a classroom, PPT, and demonstration-based class for those familiar with rigging basics and the safe operation of a counter weight system or those who have taken the Entry Level course and seek to advance their skills.

The two-day curriculum covers design factor, physics of loads and forces, truss basics, bridle rigging, and more.


Digital handout guided by the PowerPoint presentation.

Mid-morning break of coffee, bagels/donuts, fruit

This class qualifies for 12 ETCP renewal credits.

Curriculum to be covered

  • Review of Breaking Strength, Design Factor, Working Load Limit
  • Physics of Loads and Forces
  • Beam Loading and Cantilevers
  • Truss Basics – inspection and general principles
  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Bridle Rigging
  • Overview of basic automation controls
  • Out of balance loading situations for counter weight systems
  • Where the rules come from - Codes, Standards, and Risk Management

Registration will close on Monday, Jan. 22 at midnight (11:59 p.m.)

Attendees are responsible for their own housing accommodations. 


Monday, Jan. 29, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Member rates:

Now - Dec. 22 (midnight 11:59 p.m. ET)

Members $525 | Non-members $575

After - Dec. 22 (midnight 11:59 p.m. ET)

Members $550 | Non-members $600


Duke University

Reynolds Theater | 125 Science Drive | Durham NC 27708

Please note: Folks from outside Duke should park in the Bryan Center Garage (aka PG4). A parking voucher will be provided upon request.


Ed Leahy – Ed is the Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager at Chicago Flyhouse, Incorporated. He develops and implements rigging and safety training curriculum for entertainment technicians at theaters, universities, arenas, and other entertainment venues around the globe. During the pandemic, Chicago Flyhouse online training helped workers stay sharp, learn new skills, and work toward certification. Beyond training, Ed develops fall protection systems and documentation, writes technical manuals, conducts rigging inspections, and produces educational videos. As an active member of USITT, Ed helps to promote and teach the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes in addition to presenting educational content at the annual conference. Ed serves on ESTA’s Rigging Working Group helping to write and edit standards for the entertainment industry. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Arena and Theatre) and a Recognized Trainer. 

Jonathan Deull – Since 1997 Jonathan has been deeply engaged in the study and practice of rigging and risk management for live entertainment, with a particular emphasis on aerial performer rigging for circus, aerial dance, and theatre. His work includes design and execution of rigging systems and productions in the USA and internationally. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Theatre), and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He serves as a voting member of the ESTA Rigging Working Group that formulates rigging standards for the entertainment industry, and as a founding Safety Committee Member for the American Circus Educators Association, where he helped lead the effort to develop guidelines and protocols for circus performance training programs and facilities.


ETCP  Chicago Flyhouse