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Arena Ground Rigging Basics


  • O'Shaughnessy Auditorium 2004 Randolph Ave St Paul, MN, 55105 United States (map)

Flying truss? Hoisting speaker stacks? Prepping motors? 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 if their feet never leave the floor level, 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 clients and other stagehands.

This class is specifically designed for event or “arena” ground rigging. Whether you’re new to this kind of work, or you’ve been doing it for a few years, our instructors Roger Rosvold and Kerry Korman 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:

  •  easily identify 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

If you want to work for a production company, or take event, arena and rock-and-roll calls, you’re going to find a very employable use for these skills! 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 July 17th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday July 19th 9:30am - 1:30pm

Tickets are $80. Walk-ups will not be accepted as we will need to prepare enough gear for everyone to work with. Registration will close at 11 am on Thursday July 16th.

IATSE Local 13 Referral List members get 50% off!
Bedlam Members get a 20% discount
As always, scholarship opportunity is available! Contact Laura Wilhelm at techtools@bedlamtheatre.org to apply!

*Photos may be taken at this event for Technical Tools of the Trade promotional use.