Meet the Trainers

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Ed is Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager at Flyhouse, and an entertainment industry veteran. He develops and implements Flyhouse safe rigging training curriculum for theater technicians at convention centers, universities, commercial venues, and cruise ships around the globe.

Before Flyhouse, Ed was Technical Director for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (2003- 2014), supervising 150 shows, including national and international tours and transfer productions. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The Theatre School of DePaul University, focusing on technical theater production.An active member of USITT, Ed helps to promote and teach the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes. As part of ESTA’s Technical Standards Program, Ed serves on the Rigging Working Group helping to write and edit standards for the entertainment industry. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Arena and Theatre) and Recognized Trainer. 

Ed holds an MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.

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As a principal of Flyhouse for over 20 years, Mark has worked 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. His extensive construction and development experience covers both national and international projects.

Mark serves as manager, designer and consultant on multiple Flyhouse projects, and is often the primary contact for external stakeholders. He oversees, initiates projects, and assigns Project Managers to focus on specific elements—all while working to ensure overall success of each project.

Mark has led arena and theater safety training at venues around the world. He has written rigging safety standards for construction projects, and fall protection plans for clients like Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Barclay’s Center Arena, Shedd Aquarium, Indiana University, Evansville Arena, Wonders of Wildlife, Target Center, Bloch Design Group, and countless theaters, houses of worship, colleges and high schools throughout the United States. 

Mark studied Theatre Technology at DePaul University. He maintains and continues to add to his long list 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.

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As Flyhouse Project Supervisor, Matt oversees rigging installations for projects like Barclays Center, Northwestern University, TV Globo of Brazil, Willow Creek Community Church, and Texas de Brazil Restaurant San Antonio. He schedules workforce and equipment, tracks productivity and costs, works with Project Managers to update schedules, coordinaties with the Safety Manager to assure a safe working environment—and keeps all stakeholders updated on job progress. 

Before joining Flyhouse, Matt worked for Walt Disney World Entertainment where he was responsible for inspections, maintenance and repairs of all on-property theatrical venues. He was also lead on all special events rigging on the ground.

Matt has a Bachelors of Science from Illinois State University.


Brian is an ETCP-certified theatrical rigger and an Associate Trainer for Flyhouse, providing training and equipment inspections throughout the world for companies such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Cirque du Soleil. He is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 635.

Brian is also Technical Director at Ohio Northern University. Before that, he served as technical director for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where he worked on more than 30 world-premiere productions.

Brian graduated from ONU with a BA in communication arts-theatre and a minor in industrial technology, and he later reveived an MFA in technical direction from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


Jon, Flyhouse Associate Trainer, educates cruise ship industry technicians and performers on rigging, performer flying, and automation safety. 

Jon began his career building scenery after class in middle school. Today he’s a certified theatrical rigger and recognized trainer through the Entertainment Technician Certification Program. He is Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo. Jon uses research and technology to tell stories while maintaining artistic vision, safety, and efficiency. His experience also includes embedded electronic systems into costumes and props.

An active member and frequent presenter of USITT Jon was selected to be the Technical Director for the US entries in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. His previous professional credits include various positions at Neglia Ballet (Buffalo, NY), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland (College Park, MD), Art Park (Lewiston, NY), Asolo Repertory (Sarasota, FL), Glimmerglass Opera (Cooperstown, NY), Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (Weston, VT), and Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM). 

Jon has an MFA in Technical Production from Florida State University.


Topher is an Associate Trainer for Flyhouse’s Cruise Ship Division, and an active member of USITT serving on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. He has taught the entry level section of the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes and he’s an ETCP Certified Rigger for Theatre.

Topher is an Associate Professor of Design and technology at Salem State University, where he teaches scenic and sound design, technical direction, stage rigging and stage automation. His resume also includes work with American Players Theatre, Tibbits Opera House, and The Santa Fe Opera.

Topher has an MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.