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Basic Rigging

  • Guthrie Theatre 818 S 2nd St Minneapolis, MN, 55415 United States (map)

Hanging things. Installations, theatre, dance, concerts: no matter what the event, we often find ourselves wanting to hang things from other things. When not done right, it can appear fine while in reality be catastrophic. However, the basic skills are easy to learn and extremely marketable. Unsure how to start? Take this class!

NOTE: Everything in this class is required knowledge for our Ground Rigging and Theatre Rigging workshops. Arena and Theatre Rigging are extremely similar and both use everything covered in this class.

In two 4 hour sessions our instructors will cover:

·       How to rig a traveler track, what all the parts are, and what that box of rubber washers is for.
·       How to use wire rope clips on aircraft cable of several sizes, and why the torque wrench is your very best friend.
·       How to use Nico-Press tools and sleeves, when they’re a good idea and when you should avoid them.
·       Hanging curtains and other scenery in places with no fly systems
·       No height to fly, yet still want a drop? Learn the wonders of oleo drops, where you can fly full stage size drops with minimum height needs (and minimal costs)!
·       Identify all basic rigging hardware, and what each piece does, and how strong each is.
·       When it’s okay to use rope and when it isn’t.
·       Who to call when you absolutely, positively have to rig a trick by tomorrow (and you’re far from the usual support networks).
·       2 knots you have to know (& three others that make life better)

FRIDAY SEPT 25th 1:30PM - 5:30PM
SATURDAY SEPT 26th 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 Sept 24th.

IATSE Local 13 Referral List members get 50% off! Contact for the promo code.
Bedlam Members get a 20% discount
As always, scholarship opportunity is available! Contact Laura Wilhelm at to apply!

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

Earlier Event: September 14
September Meet Up