Glerum Masterclass Heads to Duke University

November 6, 2023

Our Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclass is heading to North Carolina! Join us Jan. 20-20, 2024 at Duke University for two days of demonstration, and PowerPoint based learning and training with two of our ETCP recognized trainers; Ed Leahy and Jonathan Deull. Click here to learn more about our trainers.

Glerum participants in a classroom watching instructors in SeattleThis intermediate course qualifies for 12 ETCP Renewal credits and is offered for a competitive price with USITT members experiencing even more savings! The two-day curriculum covers design factor, physics of loads and forces, truss basics, bridle rigging, and more.

Due to this being intermediate-level education, this class is best suited for those familiar with rigging basics and the safe operation of a counter weight system or those who have taken our Entry Level Glerum Masterclass and seek to advance their skills.

"Building a culture of safety is integral to the health and wellness of professionals across our industry, yet prioritizing it has often come secondary to getting productions done on time," said past Glerum instructor Mary Black. "Glerum Rigging Masterclasses offer opportunities for professionals, educators, and students alike to receive proper training on how to safely utilize the equipment in their own facilities."

The Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses were established in 2016 to honor Glerum's passion for rigging safety and training. Glerum's commitment to safety has made these masterclasses possible and his legacy lives on through both the trainers, attendees, and their combined passion for continuing education and industry safety. 

"Jay Glerum’s influence on safety and education in stage rigging is incalculable," said past Glerum instructor Bill Sapsis. "Through his books and training classes he has helped literally thousands of technicians learn their craft and stay safe on the job. It’s an honor and a privilege for me to continue Jay’s legacy through the USITT Jay O. Glerum Masterclasses."

Glerum was an American theatre consultant and author, and USITT Fellow, best known for his book, Stage Rigging Handbook. He was widely recognized in the technical theatre circles as the author of the Stage Rigging Handbook. Published by Southern Illinois University Press and continually in print since 1987, the book has been revised each decade to stay current with the rapidly changing field of technical theatre.

Glerum was active in USITT for more than 40 years, joining in 1973 and serving on the Board and was a Technical Production Commissioner in the 1980s. He received the Joel E. Rubin Founder's Award in 2001 and the Health and Safety Award in 1992 and in 1995 was elected a Fellow of USITT.

"Regardless of your level of training, there will be takeaways from a Glerum Rigging Masterclass," Black said. "No theatre and no professional are perfect, and these classes will offer the opportunity to improve not only your own knowledge base, but also to build a safer culture for your theatre and your colleagues."

Our Winter 2024 Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclass is made possible thanks to our sponsors: The Chicago FlyhouseETCP, and Thern Stage Equipment.

ETCP, Thern, and Chicago Flyhouse sponsor logos

Ed Leahy – Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager, Chicago Flyhouse, Inc. ETCP Certified Rigger – Arena & Theatre, ETCP 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.


The Details

Duke University

2080 Duke University Road | Durham, NC 27708

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

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

Each participant is provided with a digital handout for the class, refreshments, and demonstration- based training. Attendees are responsible for travel and accommodations.

The Curriculum

  • 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. 

The Deadlines

  • 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