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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 lot of great information provided.

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. I learned so much about performer flying and theatrical rigging.” – 2012 Attendee

“The progression in the course

gave me something new and exciting every day.” – 2012 Attendee

anyone trying

collaborative learning

NAAFED provides