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.
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