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The 2021 New World Rigging Symposium Starts April 6th

Stage Directions • Industry News • March 29, 2021

The New World Rigging Symposium (NWRS) is just one week away! Register now for the NWRS, produced by ESTA and USITT, which takes place online April 6-8, 2021. Participants can register until the day of the event. The cost is just $99, and the Symposium carries up to 9 ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification.

The Symposium brings together a wide group of industry experts for a series of panel discussions and live Q&As on video wall rigging, automation, and motorization, performer flying and rescue, and types of ropes.


In addition, a case study will look into how the installation of a tension grid is working in a major facility, a group of the industry’s most knowledgeable structural engineers will answer your questions, rigging pros from the world of motion pictures will talk about some of their toughest challenges, and mental health professionals and advocates will discuss how to be aware of and address the mental health impact of the pandemic.

The Keynote Speaker will be Jeanette Farmer who specializes in cutting-edge theatre infrastructure design, project management, and construction supervision for intimate entertainment and educational facilities as well as many of the world’s most sophisticated, technologically advanced purpose-built live performance venues.

A Rigging Cornucopia Happy Hour will close each day’s sessions. During the April 6th Happy Hour, Roy Bickel will receive the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award which will be presented by Rocky Paulson and Chris Schmidt.

Thank you to our sponsors for making the 2021 New World Rigging Symposium possible: Stage Rigging (Platinum); ETC (Gold); Certex, Geiger Engineers, Kish Rigging, and TAIT (Silver); CM-ET, H&H Specialties, Reed Rigging, Reliable Design, Sapsis Rigging, Texas Scenic Company, and Wenger | J.R. Clancy (Bronze).

Visit to see a complete schedule, session descriptions and presenter bios.

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