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When and Where
  • 1/29/2024 9:00 AM EST
  • 1/30/2024 5:00 PM EST
  • Duke University, Reynolds Theater
  • Durham
  • North Carolina

Intermediate track is a classroom, PPT, and demonstration-based class for those familiar with rigging basics and the safe operation of a counter weight system or those who have taken the Entry Level course and seek to advance their skills.

The two-day curriculum covers design factor, physics of loads and forces, truss basics, bridle rigging and more...


Digital handout guided by the PowerPoint presentation.

Mid-morning break of coffee, bagels/donuts, fruit

This class qualifies for 12 ETCP renewal credits.

Curriculum to be covered

  • Review of Breaking Strength, Design Factor, Working Load Limit
  • Physics of Loads and Forces
  • Beam Loading and Cantilevers
  • Truss Basics – inspection and general principles
  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Bridle Rigging
  • Overview of basic automation controls
  • Out of balance loading situations for counter weight systems
  • Where the rules come from - Codes, Standards, and Risk Management

Ed Leahy – Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager, Chicago Flyhouse, Inc. ETCP Certified Rigger – Arena & Theatre, ETCP Recognized Trainer

Jonathan Deull – Since 1997 Jonathan has been deeply engaged in the study and practice of rigging and risk management for live entertainment, with a particular emphasis on aerial performer rigging for circus, aerial dance, and theatre. His work includes design and execution of rigging systems and productions in the USA and internationally. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Theatre), and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He serves as a voting member of the ESTA Rigging Working Group that formulates rigging standards for the entertainment industry, and as a founding Safety Committee Member for the American Circus Educators Association, where he helped lead the effort to develop guidelines and protocols for circus performance training programs and facilities.