Chicago Flyhouse Blog

Adapting Our Services, On The Fly

Posted by Flyhouse on Apr 24, 2020 1:34:02 PM

Like everyone, The Chicago Flyhouse Inc., has adapted to changes in operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. While construction—including rigging work—continues in many parts of the country, other projects, productions, cruise lines, etc., have been put on hold. We are continuing work that can be done; in particular, closed venues offer a great opportunity for inspections, repairs and maintenance—while following all current recommended safety guidelines.

“A generous and genius idea.”
– Freelance Technician

In an effort to support our industry during this unique time, Flyhouse quickly shifted our existing Training into an entirely new, online program. Over a few short weeks, our trainers have created curriculum for 6 different classes, with more in the works. And most classes are being offered for free. That’s how we fly.

Initially, we started with smaller, limited class sizes. We quickly found that—unlike in-person training—the number of students doesn’t impact the quality of the experience. Given that, we are working hard to serve the overwhelming interest to these sessions. Beginning next week, we are also offering new Premium sessions for a nominal fee.

“These classes really help fill in the gaps between formal education and road experience.”
- Acrobatic Rigger and Freelance Technician

In the past three weeks, we have provided 2,556 person hours of training—across all skill and experience levels. Participants have come from 42 US states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 17 other countries—Czech Republic, Dubai, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.


Participating organizations include 29 IATSE locals and:

Duke University
Indiana University
Florida State University
University of North Carolina School of the Arts 
Georgetown University
Northwestern University

Producing Theaters

Arena Stage (Washington DC)
American Repertory Theater (Boston)
McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ)
The Kennedy Center (Washington DC)
Alberta Ballet (Calgary, Canada)
Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis)

Presenting Houses
Royal Albert Hall (London, UK)
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Nashville)
Mesa Arts Center (Phoenix metro area)
AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas)

Gallagher Staging
Foy Inventerprises Inc.
Rhino Staging
Mountain Productions

Cirque du Soleil


“Massive gratitude to Chicago Flyhouse for giving us all something positive and productive to do in this downtime.”  
- Flyhouse Training Participant

At the same time, we are also adding to our existing Flyhouse Films YouTube channel. We currently offer 37 videos across six playlist topics in our library, and we’re adding more new videos each month.

The focus at Flyhouse is always on safety. And for many in the rigging industry, the safest thing to do right now is to stay home. And train online with Flyhouse.

Topics: News, Video, Training, Flyhouse Projects

Chicago Rigging and Outdoor Structures Workshop Day 2

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 12, 2018 12:10:12 PM

Day 2 of the The Chicago Rigging and Outdoor Structures Workshop featured Jeff Reder of Clark Reder Engineering taking everyone through outdoor structure engineering principles and standards. A lot of information but each item necessary for the safety of your structure.

Chicago Rigging and Outdoor Structures Day 2

Topics: Training

Chicago Rigging and Outdoor Structures Workshop Day 1

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 10, 2018 3:38:23 PM

The Chicago Rigging and Outdoor Structures Workshop kicked off this morning with veteran Truss expert Elmer Veith explaining the interesting, yet complicated history of the truss industry. Thanks to the University of Illinois at Chicago Theatre and Music School for being our host.

Chicago Rigging and Outdoor Structures Workshop

Topics: Training

Chicago Rigging and Outdoor Structures Workshop | September 10-13

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 15, 2018 4:52:36 PM

Chicago Flyhouse is partnering up with Elmer Veith and Clark Reder Engineering to hold a Chicago Rigging and Outdoor Structures Workshop September 10-13 at the School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Join groups and individuals from all over the country to learn from some of the best in the industry about proper structure design, engineering standards, and rigging. Learn more about the class or register for it today.

  • Day One - Truss and Structure Design and Inspection Principles
  • Day Two - Outdoor Structure Engineering Principles and Standards Review
  • Day Three - Entertainment Rigging Principles
  • Day Four - Entertainment Rigging Principles

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Topics: Training

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