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Arena Ground Rigging Basics RETURNS!


  • O'Shaugnessy Auditorium 2004 Randolph Ave St. Paul, MN 55105 USA (map)

By popular demand, our Arena Ground Rigging workshop is back! Local riggers Kerry Korman and Roger Rosvold will again lead this important class.

Are you flying truss? Hoisting speaker stacks? Prepping motors? Lifting scenery? It’s all rigging and there’s always a demand for competent riggers!

Every rigging project has a ground rigging element: a team of folk who prepare the gear and provide critical support to the folks who are up high. Even though their feet never leave the floor, these folks are still riggers, and their expertise and skill can and do make all the difference in the world between a good, easy rigging experience and a lot of frustration for other stagehands and needless expense for clients.

This class is specifically designed for arena or convention center ground rigging, but all the techniques covered apply to theatrical rigging. Whether you’re new to this kind of work, or you’ve been doing it for a few years, our instructors will draw on their training and extensive personal work experience to teach you the must-knows of ground rigging, as well as many tips and tricks that make a job easier and better for everyone.

By the time you’re done, you’re going to be able to:

  • identify common rigging gear and hardware

  • set up "rig world” safely and effectively

  • read floor marks and communicate information clearly with the other riggers

  • assemble bridles and tie work ropes into them

  • know how to support upriggers in your collaboration

  • prep, check and run motors

Whether you work at a production company or plan to take event, arena and rock-and-roll calls as a hand, you’re going to find a lot of demand for these highly desired skills!

We are requiring the following as prerequisites for this workshop. If you are unable to do any of the following, please DO NOT take this workshop, but instead stay tuned for our Basic Rigging workshop, coming up soon!

-Reliably tie a bowline.

-Reliably tie a clove hitch.

Please dress appropriately: closed-toe work shoes or boots are required. People wearing open-toes shoes or sandals will not be allowed to participate in the practicals (and most of this class is practical!).

This is a TWO DAY WORKSHOP:

Friday August 26th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday August 27th 9:30am - 1:30pm

O’Shaughnessy Theater
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Sponsored by IATSE Local 13.
IATSE Local 13 Referral List members get 50% off!

Scholarships are available! Contact info@techtoolstraining.org for details.