Pickett during flying rehearsal of Trey Mcintyre’s Peter Pan Ballet in Brisbane, Australia.
Pickett during flying rehearsal of Trey Mcintyre’s Peter Pan Ballet in Brisbane, Australia.

It is Always Tech Week for Flying Director Johnny O. Pickett

Michael Eddy

Johnny O. Pickett is a senior flying director with Flying by Foy, where he’s worked since 1999 becoming a full-time flying director in 2003. Prior to Foy, Pickett worked as a carpenter on Siegfried and Roy, coming from years teaching technical theater and working professionally at theaters across the U.S. He has an MFA in design and technology from UNC Greensboro and a BA in theater from East Tennessee State University. When you think flying, certainly Peter Pan comes to mind, and indeed to date, Pickett has done 127 different productions of Peter Pan, but there is no shortage of shows in which actors take flight. Pickett’s overseen flying in productions at numerous regional and university theaters across the U.S. as well as creating flying effects for Monty Python’s Spamalot on Broadway; Wicked in Tokyo; Babes in Toyland and Sha-Kon-O-Hey! for Dollywood theme park.

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