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Arena Ground Rigging

  • O’Shaughnessy Theater 2004 Randolph Avenue Saint Paul, MN, 55105 United States (map)

By popular demand, our Arena Ground Rigging workshop is back! Local riggers Kerry Korman and Roger Rosvold will again lead this important class; now improved based on our analysis and your feedback!

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!

PLEASE NOTE that we require all participants to be able to reliably tie a bowline. When you arrive at the venue, one of the instructors will hand you a length of rope. You will have 60 seconds to tie a bowline any way you like. At the end of that time, or when you hand the rope back to the instructor, there must be a bowline successfully tied in it. We will send you home without a refund if you are not able to do so.

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!).

Monday, June 19 / 12:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20 / 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)

O’Shaughnessy Theater
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul

Tickets are $80. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24.

Sponsored by IATSE Local 13.

Scholarships are available! Contact for details.

Earlier Event: May 27
Wig Basics Workshop
Later Event: July 17
Aging in the Performing Arts