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.
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