Training: Entertainment & Public Assembly Technicians

About the Training Program

Length: five day to nine days workshops and seminars.

For: Entertainment and Public Assembly Technicians.

Content: Vital technical information, a body of knowledge, skill sets, and some practical hands on exercises to implement the skills.

Purpose of the Training Program, Areas of Requirement, and Areas the Workshops will address

There is a need today for highly trained technical personnel in the Entertainment Industry, Public Assembly, and in the Educational systems of this country, in the performing arts.

Our company and our ISETSA group develops these skill sets, bodies of knowledge and data, and training programs.

The professional today needs more training, knowledge, skills, and education in the technical end of the performing arts.

The need, we affirm, is in the Entertainment Industry and in the Educational Systems of this country, at all levels.

Those individuals who work and instruct in the secondary schools of this country, i.e. middle, junior, and senior highs, both public and private, need a greater body of technical knowledge, more and greatly refined skills, and training, than ever before.

The equipment in the performing industry has advanced greatly in the last twenty five years, and is expanding by the year. Many of these advanced and sophisticated systems are being specificed and installed in the secondary schools of this country.

Lighing systems, sounds systems, computerized systems, motorized systems, lasers, etc. are only some of the areas where technology is being advanced and specified.

The number of professionally trained personnel who actually direct, and do the technical work in the performing arts in the secondary schools in this country is miniscule. Training is needed. Solid knowledge is needed. And skills are absolutely required.

Instructors and directors, technicians and helpers come from all walks of curriculum areas, and too many do not have professional training in the performing arts. This has been the case for nearly fifty years, despite organizations, associations, and educational groups. "despite the involvement of . . . ." organizations, etc.

There is a strong movement for requiring professional certification for those who work in the secondary school performing arts programs. It is required by states in so many other curriculum and study areas.

State licenses, certificates, course studies, number of professional courses and university credits are some of the requirements for subject areas in the secondary schools and we believe that the performing arts programs should also have these professional requirements, as well as regular upgrades for continuing in the instruction and direction of secondary students in these programs.

There are many skill set areas that should be required for a person to work in the performing arts in the secondary schools when working with students.

We believe the districts and the individual schools should require these requisites.

Bona fide credentials and successful exams should be required for working in the secondary school performing arts programs and activities.

An individual who is employed by a school district must have very specific skills and knowlege and training to work with secondary students.

In the performing arts

A knowledge of electrical Codes and Standards that apply to the performing arts.

A knowledge of the proper method of rigging.

A knowledge of the emergency aspects of operating a theater, stage and auditorium and a performing arts space of any type.

A professionally trained technician should be able to recognize when there are hazards in the areas he or she is called upon to monitor with his or her students.

A very specific knowledge of the chemical substances that are used in the performing arts, i.e. paints, sprays, etc.

A very specific and extensive knowledge of fire prevention requirements, especially NFPA requirements, flame retarding, extinguishers, proper use and care of fire curtains.

There are a large number of very new, renovated and sophisticated theaters in secondary schools, and these have motorized rigging, computerized lighting systems, etc. and the instructors and technicians must have an excellent knowledge of how these systems work and when to call in a professional for preventive maintenance, repair, and or replacement.

A knowledge of the liability that goes with working in the performing arts in the secondary school and with all the equipment that comes under his or her direction.

What We Cover


  1. WE cover a great deal of material
  2. Liability of technicians
  3. Proper use of trusses and motors
  4. Rigging hardware and its proper application.
  5. The proper operation of rigging equipment and motorized systems
  6. Risk Management applications for technicians
  7. Fire and chemical problems encountered in the industry in working in performing arts spaces, i.e. health and safety aspects
  8. Rope: manila and synthetic rope use and care.
  9. How to fully inspect and apply risk assessment techniques to a performing arts facility or venue.
  10. Product Liability and Purchasing of Quality Tools and Equipment.

Training: a body of knowledge of industry information that is needed to be a professional. A set of skills that is required. A set of practical hands on exercises.


Now, these change depending upon the audience and their sophistication, but these are jumping off titles and areas. We cover a lot more, but usually under these. It would take a book to give you all of them.

The lists of items. Are skills, knowledge, etc. that we believe are necessary for those who want to work as a professional in the secondary schools as a performing arts instructor. It necessarily includes the items in the workshops, most of the time.}


  1. Fire Prevention and Suppression
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Use of tools and equipment
  4. Knowledge of electrical Codes and Standards and the NEC
  5. Flame retarding of materials and the proper use and care of the fire curtain.
  6. Knowledge of chemicals and their proper use, labeling, storage, and disposal of waste.
  7. Proper use of Personal Protective Devices, i.e. respirators, gloves, shoes, eye protection.
  8. Specific materials used in the performings arts and their health and safety parameters, i.e. woods, metals, fabric, chemicals,

long list of those skill sets and bodies of knowledge?

What You Need to Know

The emphasis is that they must have very specific skill sets and a very certain body of knowledge to work in this area of education.

Secondary students are minors and very open to learning. The knowledge, skills, and information must be accurate and applicable to secondary students.

They are professionals and must have the training and skills that professionals have and be able to impart those skills and knowledge to students in the secondary schools. No easy task.

Secondary students are usually eager to learn, but they must received solid, accurate, knowledge.

Safety practices and health observances in the performing arts are a legal requirement and must be integrated into all the activities of the per forming arts activities.

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Dr Davidson's Eye on Theater Health and Safety - 3-Book Boxed Set - An Administrative Overview, Setting The Stage, On Stage

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Practical Health and Safety Guidelines for School Theater Operations - Assessing the Risks in Middle, Junior and Senior High School Theater Buildings and Programs

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Product Liability Assessor: Certified  ||||  Risk Management Assessor and Analyst: Expert  ||||  Health and Safety Expert and Assessor in Entertainment, Public Assembly and Education, Fine Arts  ||||  Expert Witness: 420 Cases  ||||  Codes and Standards Consultant: Special Effects, Entertainment, Process Management, Fireworks, Pyrotechnics, Theater and Motion Pictures Facilities, Life Safety, Performing Arts Facilities, ADA, Rigging  ||||  Worker Compensation Reviewer: Insurance Brokers and Carriers  ||||  HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS AND ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS

I am only one, but I am one - I can't do everything, but I can do something;
And that I can do, I ought to do - And what I ought to do by the grace of God I shall do."
-Edward Everett Hale

"The only thing necessary for evil to prosper is for good men to stand by and do nothing"
-Attributed to Edmund Burke