Meet the Trainers
From automated, rotating walls that tip over on command to gallons of real water drenching the stage to imitate an ocean storm, it's safe to say Ed has had a hand in making it happen on the stage.
As a veteran of the entertainment industry, he is the Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager at Flyhouse. In his role at Flyhouse, he is responsible for developing and implementing the curriculum used for training classes conducted for theater technicians around the globe. Under his management, Flyhouse has trained thousands of individuals in the last three years Training takes place at three to four different venues each month on safe rigging practices and standards; venues range from convention centers to universities and from commercial vendors to cruise ships.
Ed is an active member of USITT, leading the curriculum development and teaching for the entry level section of the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes. He is a ETCP Certified Rigger (Arena and Theatre) and holds an MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.
Prior to his work at Chicago Flyhouse, Ed served as the Technical Director for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater from 2003 to 2014, supervising the scenic elements for around 150 productions including national and international tours and transfers. He is also currently an adjunct faculty member at The Theatre School of DePaul University focusing on technical theater production.
As Director of New Product Development, Eric weaves his detailed-knowledge and experience into Flyhouse’s tradition of building innovative products that exceeds the standard for the industry.
As an ETCP Certified Rigger in Theatre, he also plays a significant role in the Flyhouse Training classes. With his years of experience, he has built a name for himself as one of the must-have trainers in the rigging industry with his ability to turn complex subject matter into easy-to-understand content. He has been the lead rigging instructor at Mountain Productions Hoist School, IATSE Local 1 and 4, Cirque du Soleil, Le Reve at the Wynn, and Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Eric is the Vice President for Exhibitions for USITT and helped originate the first Advanced Level Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes. He currently serves on the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Rigging Working Group and is on the subject matter team for the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) theater exam.
Prior to joining Flyhouse, he was the Technical Director for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Associate Professor of Technical Theatre at Penn State School of Theatre, Lead Rigging for Maintenance at Cirque du Soleil “O,” and Flying Director at Flying by Foy.
Eric has his BA in French from Franklin and Marshall College and his MFA in Theatre Technology from Penn State University. He is a Level 1 CM Hoist Technician, SPRAT Certified, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, and fluent in Spanish.
Mark has deep experience in construction and development, both nationally and internationally. As a principal of the firm for nearly 20 years, he has exercised primary responsibility for major projects and clients – including Shedd Aquarium, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, TV Globo of Brazil, Costa Cruise Lines, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, United Center, Chi-Town Rising, Little Caesars Arena, The Oprah Winfrey Show, US Navy, and Macy’s to name a few.
Mark is responsible and accountable for the coordinated management of multiple related projects while also providing design and consultative services. His primary role is to maintain communication with stakeholders at multiple levels, including those external to the project. He oversees, and initiates projects, assigns Project Managers to manage cost, schedule, and performance of component projects, while working to ensure the ultimate success and acceptance of the project from a global perspective.
Mark has led arena and theater-based trainings in few hundred different venues across the United States and different parts of the world. He has a long record of overseeing and implementing safety programs. He has written numerous rigging safety standards for construction projects and fall protection plans for Flyhouse clients including Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Barclay’s Center Arena, Shedd Aquarium, Indiana University, Evansville Arena, Wonders of Wildlife, Target Center, Bloch Design Group, and many other theaters, houses of worship, colleges and high schools throughout the United States.
He attended DePaul University where he studied Theatre Technology. Over the years he maintains and continually adds to his multitude of certifications including ETCP Rigging (Theatre and Arena), OSHA 30, CM Trained, Scaffold Safety Trained, Truss Safety Trained, Crane Operator Trained, and Aerial Lift Trained.
Matt focuses on project installations and their execution for Flyhouse. In his role as Project Supervisor, he has supervised numerous rigging installations for new construction capital improvement projects including Barclays Center, Northwestern University, TV Globo of Brazil, Willow Creek Community Church, and Texas de Brazil Restaurant San Antonio.
His primary responsibilities include scheduling workforce and equipment, tracking productivity and costs, working with the Project Manager to update schedules, coordinating with the Safety Manager to assure a safe working environment and providing detailed daily reports and project logs to keep all the stakeholders informed of job progress.
Before joining Flyhouse, Matt worked for Walt Disney World Entertainment where he was responsible for the inspections, maintenance and repairs of all the theatrical venues on the property. He was also the lead on all special events rigging on the ground.
He holds a Bachelors of Science from Illinois State University.