Back to All Events

Arena Ground Rigging 2-Day Workshop

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 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, but all the techniques are also used in 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:

  • 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, large theatre, or take event, arena and rock-and-roll calls, you’re going to find a very employable use for these skills!

We are REQUIRING the following as prerequisite for this workshop: RELIABLY TIE A BOWLINE. If you are unable to do tie a bowline reliably, please DO NOT take this workshop and instead stay posted for our Basic Rigging workshop, coming up soon!

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!).


Friday March 25th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday March 26th 9:30am - 1:30pm

O’Shaughnessy Theater
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul


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 5pm on Wednesday March 23rd.

IATSE Local 13 Referral List members get 50% off - just use discount code IATSE13 at check out!

Scholarships are available! Contact for details.