Celebrate Newest Edition of Stage Rigging Handbook at The Understudy

January 26, 2024

The Stage Rigging Handbook is a venerated resource for theatre technicians, and we are excited to share the newest edition of Jay O. Glerum’s text with co-author Shane Kelly! 

This special event is happening on March 4, at The Understudy in Chicago! USITT Executive Director Laura Lee Everett will sit down with co-author Shane Kelly and scenic designer Regina García to discuss the latest edition of the Stage Rigging Handbook, working in the industry, and the impact Jay O. Glerum’s work has had on the world of theatrical stage rigging over the last several decades.

Stage Rigging Handbook

When: Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Understudy

5531 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL

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About the Fourth Edition of the Stage Rigging Handbook: First published in 1987 and revised in 1997 and 2007, the Stage Rigging Handbook remains the only book in any language that covers the design, operation, and maintenance of stage rigging equipment. Though often unnoticed, these systems are critical in both easing the workload of stage technicians and creating storytelling magic for the audience. This landmark text imparts the foundations for understanding and implementing rigging systems, such that upon completion of the book, the reader is ready to begin hands-on training and practice.

This reorganized and greatly expanded fourth edition of Jay O. Glerum’s industry-standard text updates much of the information in the previous editions with the addition of chapters on truss (the framework that supports lighting, screens, and other accessories), motorized chain hoists, hardware, and job safety, including fall protection systems. Award-winning production manager Shane Kelly preserves Glerum’s voice while bringing fresh information to a new generation of riggers, supplementing the text with updated versions of earlier photographs and drawings as well as an additional one hundred illustrations. The handbook facilitates the development of a rigging practice rooted in safety, precision, and professionalism.

We’re excited for you to join us at The Understudy! Named in honor of all the hidden work it takes to make a play happen, The Understudy is dedicated to celebrating, fostering, and uplifting artistry in our community in all its forms. Click here to learn more about this staple coffee and bookshop for Chicago’s theatre-goers and lovers.

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