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“It’s the only comprehensive class available for people wanting to know about this two thousand year-old art form.”

-2011 attendee

“The collaborative learning environment that the participants have created will continue to elevate the entire art of stage flight.”

-2011 attendee

What you will learn

Participants will be exposed to the basics of good theatrical rigging practices, as well as hands-on exposure to a wide variety of performer rigging systems. By the end of this workshop, a participant who arrived with basic theatrical knowledge should be able to recognize unsafe rigging conditions, converse fluently with a flying effects rigger, efficiently …

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Guest lectures by a variety of industry professionals complement the instruction by the team of regular instructors, which includes well known experts Tracy Nunnally and Bill Auld. Participants receive the benefit of learning from ETCP Certified Riggers – Arena and Theatre, and ETCP Recognized Trainers.


The North American Association of Flying Effects Directors (NAAFED) was founded in 1997 with the goal of promoting flying effects safety through education and training. Each year, NAAFED conducts a performer rigging workshop in DeKalb, IL, hosted in Northern Illinois University’s O’Connell Theatre. Workshop participants arrive from all over the globe to attend lectures, rig …

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“There was a nice balance of hands-on [experience] and lecture. All in all, a great conference.”

-2012 Attendee

“The contacts that I made during this conference are going to aid me throughout the rest of my professional career.”

– 2012 Attendee

“The progression in the course gave me something new and exciting every day.”

– 2012 Attendee