Chicago Flyhouse Blog

The 2018 Michael Merritt Awards

Posted by Flyhouse on May 14, 2018 11:42:30 AM

Theater is demanding work for creatives that love nothing more. Those in the spotlight may garner most of the attention when a performance is done, but it’s the work being done you don’t see that can make the show what it is.

The Michael Merritt Awards, a national award unique in its emphasis on excellence in both design and collaboration, is presented annually to professional theatrical designers in the categories of scenic, costume, lighting, sound, and other media designs.

For our small part in the process, Flyhouse sponsors two awards for those making advances in the industry that will leave a lasting impact and we are honored to celebrate the Merritt Awards 25th year on May 14, 2018.

The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration

This award recognizes an outstanding technical professional whose career as a collaborator in the realization of theatrical design has been significant and sustained.

The recipient of this year’s award is freelance draper and owner of ThreadLine Studios and Uber Costume, Beth Draper.

The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award

This award celebrates a passionate and skillful early career professional who goes about their work in a particularly collaborative manner.

The recipient of this year’s award is Becca Venable. Becca is the assistant technical director at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the technical director for Chicago Children’s Theatre and Red Theater Chicago, and a company member with Red Theater Chicago and The Comrades.


Topics: Flyhouse History

Cable Clips: The Correct Method

Posted by Flyhouse on May 11, 2018 3:05:54 PM

It's easy to learn how to put on a cable clip wrong. However, if you are taught correctly, you will do it right every single time.



Topics: Video

Where Is Flyhouse? (May 2018)

Posted by Flyhouse on May 8, 2018 4:21:45 PM

Finishing up a few projects and starting new ones as the summer ramps up.

Where is Flyhouse_ May 2018


  • CNA
  • Dance and Music Academy
  • Great Lakes Center for the Arts
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • Laraway Elementary School
  • North Shore Country Day School
  • Willow Creek Community Church


  • Lyons High School
  • Marquette University High School
  • Rivers Casino

Cruise Ship Inspections/Trainings

  • Adventure - Port Canaveral to Cape Liberty
  • Constellation - Rome
  • Equinox - Miami
  • Oasis - Port Canaveral
  • Reflection - Mykonos to Rome
  • Serenade - Copenhagen
  • Vision - Barcelona to Venice

Flyhouse-led Rigging Trainings

  • IATSE Local 1 - New York

Topics: Flyhouse Projects

Where Is Flyhouse? (April 2018)

Posted by Flyhouse on Apr 9, 2018 3:58:22 PM

Chicago, Dallas, Denver, South Korea...we are all over the world in April. See what we have going on below.

April Where is FH


  • Field Museum
  • Great Lakes Center for the Arts
  • Logansport High School
  • Macy's State Street (Chicago)
  • Northwestern University Field House Gala
  • Ravinia Festival
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium


  • Buffalo Grove High School
  • Elk Grove High School
  • Wheeling High School

Cruise Ship Inspections/Trainings

  • Infinity - Miami
  • Millennium - Tokyo to South Korea
  • Silhouette - San Juan to St. Marteen
  • Diadema and Fascinosa - Europe

Flyhouse-led Rigging Trainings

  • Dallas - Gemini Light Sound & Video
  • Denver - Denver Center For the Performing Arts

Topics: Flyhouse Projects

Flyhouse Public Trainings

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 30, 2018 10:33:43 AM

Fresh off speaking engagements at the 2018 USITT Conference, Flyhouse is heading to Dallas and Denver in April for our public training classes. April 9-10 we will be in Dallas and April 23-24 in Denver.

Our classes are designed for those just starting out all the way to experienced riggers in the industry looking to brush up their skills. We put a structure to the class but tailor it to the needs of those in attendance. We will take the time to help you understand any concept and in most cases (if space allows), we do hands-on training with actual rigging equipment.

If you would like to learn more or to register for the class, please visit our training website.

There are limited seats available for each class so make sure to secure yours today. 

Flyhouse Training

Topics: Training