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Rigging Basics by DeLong Rigging Solutions is an 8-part series of seminars designed to give participants the foundation to begin building the skill sets needed to be a Theatrical Rigger.

Thu, 01/06/2022 - The Basics Segment One: Basic Terms and Knots. In segment one we cover the basic vocabulary needed to properly communicate while discussing theatrical rigging systems. We also cover the most common knots in the entertainment industry and explore the different attributes of each knot.

Thu, 01/13/2022 – The Basics Segment Two: Standard Operations of a Counterweight System. In segment two we discuss the safe day to day operations of a counterweight system.

Thu, 01/20/2022 - The Basics Segment Three: Running a Fly Rail in Show Conditions. In segment three we discuss the unique situations and techniques that are encountered when running a fly rail under show conditions.

Thu, 01/27/2022 - The Basics Segment Four: Mitigating Out of Balance Systems. In segment four we discuss out of balance systems and how they are a sometimes a necessary evil. In this course we cover some of the common scenarios where out of balance systems occur and the safest ways of mitigating the inherent dangers.

Thu, 02/03/2022 - The Basics Segment Five: Pin Rails and Haven's Grips. In segment five we discuss two useful, but often misused tools of our trade: pin rails and haven’s grips.

Thu, 02/10/2022 - The Basics Segment Six: Adjusting Elements of a Counterweight System. In segment six we discuss how to keep your battens where you want them and adequate tension in your operating lines. In this course we will cover the best practices when adjusting loft blocks and tension blocks.

Thu, 02/17/2022 – The Basics Segment Seven: Introduction to Down Rigging. In segment seven we introduce the skills needed to down rig for motor points.

Thu, 02/24/2022 - The Basics Segment Eight: Basic Bridle Math. Segment eight is an introduction to calculating bridle lengths and vertical loads.



Presented by:

Tyler DeLong is a dual ETCP Certified in both Theatrical and Arena Rigging. He is an ETCP Recognized Trainer and a voting member of the Rigging Work Group. Tyler has spent over a decade touring the world as a Road Rigger, Flyman, Automation Tech, and Production Manager. Between contracts he has worked with numerous IATSE locals and Rigging Companies. He is an Owner/Managing Partner of DeLong Rigging Solutions.


Please join us for the 2022 Upstate NY Regional Section of USITT Winter Member Meeting.



I’m sure you’ve read a book that you’ve thought, hey, this relates to stage management, or company management, or production management. I know I have said that at least one or two or half dozen times. Wouldn’t you love to discuss those books with fellow theatre and entertainment managers? Wouldn’t you also like to expand your reading list to include options outside of the box? I know I would. So, let’s do this!

Stage Managers, Production Managers, Company Managers, you name it, no matter where you are in entertainment management, you are managing people and you probably want to freshen up your thinking. Our goal is to take a look at management through a fresh lens and expand our resources to include a wide range of voices.

The January book is The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker. And our February book is Set Boundaries, Find Peace: a guide to reclaiming yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab.

Each week the group will announce the book to read for the upcoming month. Come to one or come to all. Please submit information about you and up to two book ideas using this link:



How To Turn On Closed Captioning for USITT Online Learning


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