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Electricity & Power Distribution Workshop

  • Children's Theatre Company: Cargill Stage 2400 3rd Ave S Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)


Modern society runs on it, and art is no exception. In the performing arts, we use electricity to power just about everything: computers, chain motors, lights, audio gear and much more.

Yet despite all that, many of us have little more than a rudimentary understanding of working with electricity and power. As gear and its power needs become increasingly complex, it becomes critical that we have a working understanding of this fundamental in our profession.

This intermediate-advanced level course aims to address that. Over three 4-hour sessions, Master Electricians Dave Horn (Children’s Theater Company) and Michael Murnane, will cover topics such as balancing loads, meters & metering and grounding, all with an eye to applications in the industry for lighting, video, audio and rigging.

While the theory of low-voltage will be covered, low-voltage specifics such as small gauge (20ga+) wire, low-voltage cells and small powered hand props or costumes are beyond the scope of this class and will be handled in a future workshop.

The course will be held at the Cargill Stage at the Children’s Theater Company and will be organized as follows:
Friday June 5th 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Seminar class covering:

  • Theory
  • Gauge (cable capacity)
  • Power types: AC, DC, 3-phase, single phase etc.
  • Terminology!
  • Grounding

Saturday June 6th 9:30am – 1:30pm
Practical class covering:

  • Layout and install a full system layout from power source to end devices
  • Multiple types of devices will be covered including motors and movers
  • Balancing loads across phases
  • Meters and metering

Friday June 12th 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Practical class covering:

  • Legal codes
  • Cables, connectors, outlets and wiring
  • More uses for meters and metering
  • Grounding

Materials will be provided for participants to practice and learn this material in a hands-on manner, under close supervision by our instructors.

Normaily a $400 cost (instructors, space rental, materials, insurance), generous funding from the State Arts Board via the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment allows us to present this at $100. Scholarships are available; contact Laura Wilhelm at for more information.

IATSE Referral List Members get 50% off! Contact for the promo code.
Bedlam Members get 20% off- BedlamMember

CTC Staff get 20% off (Part-Time Regular will also Qualify)- CTCStaff

Due to the extensive amount of equipment required to give a high-quality hands-on experience, we will not be able to accept any walk-ups and registration will close at 11:00am on Thursday June 4th.