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Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 13, 2017 8:31:13 AM

In the world of theater, especially among those devoted to the craft of stage rigging, one name has always been synonymous with providing the highest level of safety and technical knowledge available: Jay Glerum. Glerum is the author of the Stage Rigging Handbook, an essential how-to guide kept in the bag of every rigger as a reference. After his death in 2014, USITT, in partnership with leading industry vendors, including Chicago Flyhouse, announced the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes to further the cause of rigging safety in his memory.

In its second year, Flyhouse's Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager, Ed Leahy, will once again be the Lead Instructor for the entry-level classes. From June 13-14, an entry-level class will take place with a second offering of both entry-level and advanced sessions scheduled for August 14-15.

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The entry-level class is designed around venue managers – individuals like music teachers who are asked to manage a theatrical space. The focus is to provide enough information so participants can understand how to effectively manage their space in terms of what kind of work can be done in-house versus what should be done by a professional.

Major topic areas of the entry-level class:

• Basic Physics – why things stay up in the air and why they fall

• Process and Protocol – good practices for running a safe space

• Types of Rigging Systems – an overview of hemp, counterweight, and motorized fly systems

• Rigging Tools and Hardware – understanding why we use what we use, and how to make good choices

• Working at Heights – safety basics for ladders and lifts

• Fall Protection – basics principles

• Basic Maintenance – guidelines for keeping your space in top shape, including inspections

Topics: Flyhouse Team, Stage Rigging, Training

Want to Be Part of Flyhouse?

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 2, 2017 8:54:06 AM

Flyhouse has the following positions open:

Metal Shop Assistant

Lead Rigging Technician

 

Topics: Flyhouse Team

Michael Merritt Award Flyhouse Slideshow

Posted by Flyhouse on May 17, 2017 4:00:16 PM

Topics: Flyhouse Team

2017 Michael Merritt Awards

Posted by Flyhouse on May 16, 2017 1:32:27 PM

Theater and film is a collaborative effort. While the actors of a performance are front and center for an audience, behind the scenes is where a performance is born. 

The Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration held on May 15 proved this to be true. The Merrit 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. 

In being part of this collaborative effort of a community we are passionate about, Flyhouse sponsored two of the awards presented during the evening: The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award and The Robert Christen Award.

Congratulations to CoCo Ree Lemery for receiving the Emerging Technical Collaborator Award and Narda E. Alcorn for receiving The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration. 

Merritt Awards 2017

Topics: Flyhouse Team

Maybe You Want to Work With Us? We're Hiring!

Posted by Flyhouse on Feb 27, 2017 4:46:05 PM

Flyhouse is growing and we need some talented individuals to make it better. Our projects take us across the country and around the world. Each day is something new and the job is never the same twice. Each of us come from a different background and we are a unique group of people. Yeah, we know everyone says that but seriously, when was the last time you worked with someone that could swallow swords? Plus, Flyhouse has all the benefits of a big corporation without the big corporation attitude. So what do we have available? 

If you are interested or know someone that might be, check out our career page at www.flyhouse.com/careers.

Topics: News, Performer Flying, Hoist System, Flyhouse Team, Flyhouse Projects