Presenters Announced for ESTA/USITT's New World Rigging Symposium

ESTA and USITT have announced the presenters for the upcoming New World Rigging Symposium, which is being held from March 13-14 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo. Full session descriptions can be found at

The presenters are:

    • **Keynote Address:**Scott Fisher
    • **Show Rigging on Cruise Ships. Big ideas. Tiny venues:**Bob Murphy, Paul Riley, Loren Schreiber
    • **Ground Support Concert Rigs:**Mike Garl, Jeff Reder, Jose Roche, Will Todd
    • **ANSI Standards and ICOPER. Paperwork that’s actually useful:**Tiny Good, Karl Ruling, Bill Sapsis
    • **Damn it, Jim. I’m a chain hoist, not a winch: **Rick Montgomery, Eric Rouse, Ken Tilson
    • **OSHA, Risk Assessments and Rigging Emergency Action Plans: **Steve Adelman, Tony Galuppi, Eddie Raymond
    • **Automation and Touring. Because we can: **Joe McGeough, Bob Powers, Jim Shumway
    • **Structural Engineering.  For when guessing just won’t do: **Bill Gorlin, Michael Nishball, Miriam Paschetto
    • **Training, Certification and Liability. It’s a good start: **Pete Donovan, Eddie Raymond, Drew Wending

Registration for the Symposium is open at Registration for the two-day symposium, including lunches, is US$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.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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