Ken Vannice Electrical Workshop

Register now by Tuesday, November 7 @ 11:59am

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Kenneth Vannice

Ken Vannice was a USITT Fellow, board member, committee member, and member of the Institute beginning in the early 1960s. Ken was active in codes and standards work through the Entertainment Services and Technology Association as well as USITT. Ken was also active in establishing a certification program for entertainment electricians through the Entertainment Technician Certification Program.

Kenneth died Jan. 15, 2018 from cancer complications. This class extends the legacy of Ken Vannice, whose career was devoted to proper electrical education and training.

You may learn more about Ken and his involvement with USITT and the industry, here.

Through a special arrangement with Clearwing's AVL Expo, USITT will offer a one-day Basic/Intermediate workshop designed to give participants a deeper understanding of the hazards and consequences of working with electricity with emphasis on the entertainment industry. Topics will include:

  • An Overview of Codes & Standards
  • Basic/intermediate electricity
  • The National Electrical Code®
  • Cords & Cable
  • NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®
  • Grounding & Bonding
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Equipment & Meters

Participants will receive an outline prior to the workshop and a copy of the presentation with additional materials.  ETCP Certificants will also receive seven hours of renewal credit.

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Monday, November 13, 9:00am - 5:00pm: 1 hour lunch on your own

Member Rates:

Early: August 23 - October 16 = $250

Late: October 17 - November 7 = $275

Non-Member Rates:

Early: August 23 - October 16 = $300

Late: October 17 - November 7 = $325


In conjunction with Clearwing AVL Expo (their free event November 14, 2023)
Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

Housing: Attendees are responsible for their housing. See here for Clearwings AVL Expo housing information: (Limited rooms available)


Mitch Hefter - Mitch Hefter has been working in lighting controls for over 40 years. He has played a major role in setting entertainment technology standards, promoting electrical safety and developing certification for entertainment industry electricians, and is an ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician and Recognized Trainer. Mitch was instrumental in the development of USITT DMX512. He is a founding member of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Technical Standards Program (ANSI E1) and co-chairs the Electrical Power Working Group. Mitch has worked on updates to the National Electrical Code since 1981, representing the Illuminating Engineering Society on Code Panel 15 since 1997, and was appointed the USITT Alternate on Code Panel 13 in 2022.  He is chair of the IES Lighting Controls Committee and worked on several IES documents including IES LP-6, IES RP-42, and IES LP-16. Mitch has presented at LightFair, LDI, USITT, and at IES chapters on several topics, including Emergency Lighting Control.  Mitch is also a Fellow of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, a recipient of the USITT Founders Award in 1993, and was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership in 2014.  Mitch is a Senior Systems Engineer with Signify and works on multiple types of lighting control systems.

Jerry Gorrell - Jerry Gorrell is the retired Lighting designer and Technical Director, City of Phoenix Theatre Division (Phoenix Stages) where also served as safety coordinator for Symphony Hall, Convention Center, and the Orpheum Theatre. He is the principal in his own entertainment industry safety industry consulting firm, Theatre Safety Programs, which provides safety training, consulting services, and expert services for the entertainment industry. He serves as chair of ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association) photometrics committee, co-chair of ESTA floors committee and a member of the Technical Standards Council. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and committees within the field.

ETCP Recognized Trainer, USITT Standards, Committee Chair, American Society of Safety, Engineers, ESTA Technical Standards Council, Lighting Designer - Safety Consultant




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