New World Rigging Symposium at USITT 2018

by Kathy Eddy


The New World Rigging Symposium presented by ESTA and USITT will take place March 13-14, 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In these ten sessions participants will be given the opportunity to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, and learn what it’s like to work as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. Attendees will also hear from experts in related fields. 

Full session descriptions can be found here
Keynote Address: Scott Fisher

  • Show Rigging on Cruise Ships.  Big ideas.  Tiny venues.

  • Ground Support Concert Rigs

  • ANSI Standards and ICOPER. Paperwork that’s actually useful.

  • OSHA, Risk Assessments and Rigging Emergency Action Plans

  • Damn it, Jim. I’m a chain hoist, not a winch.

  • Automation and Touring. Because we can.

  • Structural Engineering. For when guessing just won’t do.

  • Training, Certification and Liability. It’s a good start.

  • Young Riggers Networking Lunch

  • Hot Button Issues

The New World Rigging Symposium will also include multiple opportunities for attendees to network and a special lunch will include young industry members keen to learn from the professionals about how to pursue a career as a rigger. 

Registration for the Symposium is now open here. Registration for the two-day symposium, including lunches, is $375 and attendees will receive a free show floor pass to the USITT Stage Expo March 15-17. Attendees wishing to attend the full USITT Conference will receive a discounted price of $675 for both events.

Session Presenters: 
Bill Sapsis and Eddie Raymond are working with ESTA to help identify topics and panelists over the next few months and will moderate the New World Rigging Symposium. Both bring a wealth of industry knowledge, experience and contacts to the job. Bill serves as the chair of ESTA’s Technical Standards Program Rigging Working Group and as co-chair of the ETCP Rigging Subject Matter Experts. He has produced three North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conferences.

​​Eddie Raymond is the Vice President of IATSE Local 16 (retired) in San Francisco where he headed their acclaimed training program for many years. He is still actively involved in the industry conducting rigging inspections and providing OSHA entertainment safety training around the country. Eddie served as the President of ESTA for six years and as a co-chair of the ETCP Rigging Subject Matter Experts. ​

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