2015

Aerial Rigging Designer                      Multiple Projects                                     EPS Productions

Designed and installed custom circus equipment for several clients.  Installed and operated aerial points for both professional and academic productions, as well as created aerial systems for studios around the country.

 

2014

Aerial Rigging Designer                     Multiple Productions                             Univision Studios

Designed multiple aerial flying effects for several productions, both motorized and manual.  

Aerial Apparatus Designer                  Multiple Pieces                                       EPS Photo 

Created several custom aerial and floor apparatuses, for numerous clients - notably Club E11even and Celebrity Cruise Lines.

Rigger / Carpenter / Electrician          Multiple Events                                       IATSE Local 500

Various projects ranging from trade shows, touring Broadway productions, concerts, and several live events.

 

2013

Aerial Rigging Designer                     Multiple Productions                             Univision Studios

Designed multiple aerial flying effects for several productions, both motorized and manual.  

Aerial Apparatus Designer                  Multiple Pieces                                       EPS Photo 

Created several custom aerial apparatuses, for numerous clients.

Rigger / Carpenter / Electrician          Multiple Events                                       IATSE Local 500

Various projects ranging from trade shows, touring Broadway productions, concerts, and several live events.

 

2012

Rigging Grip                                     Iron Man 3                                      Marvel Studios

Part of the rigging grip core crew (FL) working under Rigging Key Kent Baker.  Currently in production. 

Rigger / Lead Aerial Rigger               Mira Quien Baila                             Univision

One of the riggers for the buildout of the new studio (Studio One) at the Doral, Florida Location.  Also Lead Aerial Specialist, for human flight.

Rigging Grip                                        Pain and Gain                                          Paramount Pictures

As one of three core rigging grips, I would rig lighting positions into a variety of locations, attach lighting, cameras, and other equipment to vehicles, and also worked as a grip on 1st unit. Rigging Key - Rick Harris

Lead Rigger/Designer                        Multiple Events                                                Flying Arrow Prod.

Designed and built custom aerial apparatus for circus performers.  Install rigs on site.

 

2011

Rigger / Carpenter / Electrician / Audio   Multiple Events   IATSE Local 500

Over the course of the year, I worked on projects ranging from numerous trade shows, several touring productions, a dozen concerts, and even ran audio for the Vice President of the United States.  

Master Carpenter     Snoopy Area Stage Company

Constructed scenic elements for their production of Snoopy!  Directed by Arthur Whitelaw.

Head Carpenter / Shop Foreman     Multiple Projects The Miami Guild

Built elements for multiple special events, including Maybach USAChristian Dior.  

Propmaker / Rigger                                    Rock of Ages                        Brian Markey Construction / New Line Cinema

Carpenter for construction and installation of scenic elements for feature film shot on location in Miami.

As rigger, designed and installed systems on set, and did location rigging to secure scenic elements.

Technical Director                                    Celtic Fire                                                        Michael Londra Productions

TD for nationally touring Irish Step dance and Musical Production.  Duties Included:

• Design and implementation of Lighting Plot

• Supervision of local audio technicians, to assure quality of production

• Creation of touring paperwork and technical information

• Advance all shows, and modify production elements as required

 

2010

Head Carpenter                                     How the Grinch Stole Christmas                              Big League Theatricals 

Head Carpenter for Yellow Card Production. Six truck touring production, multiple week sit-downs.

Duties included:

• Running touring and local IA crews for installation, performance and strike of show

• Creation of touring paperwork, import manifests and technical information

• Establishing crew tracks and safe working strategies

• Operation of production automation

• Liaise with receiving houses to ensure all technical requirements were met

Head Carpenter                                     Storytime Live!                                    Broadway Across America / Nickelodeon 

Head Carpenter for Yellow Card Production. Four truck touring production, one nighters and split

weeks. Duties included:

• Running touring and local IA crews for installation, performance and strike of show

• Creation of touring paperwork and technical information

• Establishing crew tracks and safe working strategies

• Manage, install and operate manual performer flying point, multiple positions, multiple characters.

• Training new crew on touring principles

• Liaise with receiving houses to ensure all technical requirements were met

 

2007 – 2009

Technical Director                                     Multiple Productions                                           Patrice Marques Productions

Responsible for the technical conception, implementation and on-going management of a variety of

productions for Patrice Marques Productions.  These include:

Global Tour Tango Pasíon

• Management of all technical installation, show operation and load-out

• Design and implementation of new scenic elements

• Manage local crew, calling cues and running the deck

• Management of international logistics of transporting show

 

Casino du Liban – Lebanon Sexy Lady, Hot Legs, Dance Fever

• Management of all technical installation, show operation and load-out

• On-site support during production run to artistic management and cast

• Manage local crew, calling cues and running the deck

• Install, maintain, and operate all performer flying apparatuses

 

Celebrity Cruise Lines (The Solstice) Solstice, Pulse, Ghostlight

• Oversee the installation of three shows into the new ship, supervise all scenic construction

• Design and installation of all rigging systems and train crew in proper techniques for flying aerial

acts and motor maintenance, supervise all scenic construction

• Implement new safety programs for new class of ship, train ship-board cast / crew in safety

protocols and new technologies, conduct quarterly on-site safety inspections

• Create technical documentation, inventory and archives for all shows

 

Casino Estoril - Portugal Four, Espirito dos Elementos: 2007 - 2008

Visions, Espirito dos Sonhos: 2008 - 2009

• Manage all technical production elements, maintain the integrity of artistic concepts and act as liaison between Portuguese-speaking crew and English speaking company

• Supervise all backstage show operations, supervise daily aerial training, assist in the teaching of

new circus acts and assure optimal conditions for all circus acts and dancers

• Establish and maintain safe working environment for both technical and artistic departments

• Redesign of existing rigging elements and manage continuing safety of all aerial rigging and

scenic elements

•Inspect, maintain, and operate flying equipment

•Operate flying points for acts, to help develop new skills and techniques

• Update and maintain staging and sets archives, inventory, technical and customs documentation

• Implemented installation of new computer technologies into the daily operations of the

management office

• CAD design and drafting for Visions.

 

2007

Head Flyman                                                The Light in the Piazza                                                        Networks Presentations

• Manage load-in and tear down of flying scenic elements, creation and manipulation of CAD

drawings

• Supervise and operate the running of the fly floor during all calls and assure the safety of all

rigging for the show

• Act as positive liaison between touring show crew and local IA members and assist the Head

Carpenter as needed

 

2006

Head Carpenter                                     Alegría (European Tour)                                                   Cirque du Soleil

• Manage all aspects of staging and set operations during show, including operation of automation.

• Design and implement technical improvements to scenic elements, maintain all scenic automation,

supervise all scenic operations and maintenance activities, supervise backstage area and equipment

• Manage setup, operation and tear-down of technical and artistic facilities, assist with site / tent

installation and teardown

• Update and maintain staging and sets archives, inventory, technical documentation and customs

documentation

• Establish and maintain safe working environment for both technical and artistic departments and

train swing technicians regarding all scenic department practices

 

2003 - 2005

Master Carpenter / Electrician / Rigger The Oprah Winfrey Show

Harpo Studios (IL)

• Creation of designs for show elements and studio improvements, creation of CAD drawings

• Execution and construction of scenic designs and specialty props, operation of automation.

• Fabrication of custom cabinetry and other high quality wood and metal projects, including furniture.

• Preparation of studio spaces, hang and focus of lighting equipment, operation of follow spot during

tapings

• Managing studio budget for all construction elements

• Assist with installation of rigging for wild scenic elements

Additional Credits Include

Forever Plaid                                                 AEA Stage Manager / TD                                                     KL Management

2003 Season                                                 TD / Master Carpenter                                                   The Next Theater

2001 - 2002 Seasons                                    Technical Director                                                             Stagebrush Theater

1999 – 2001 Seasons                                     Technical Director                                                         Valley Youth Theatre

1999 Season                                                 Production Manager / TD                                  Adirondack Theatre Festival

John and Jen                                                 Master Electrician                                     Playwrights Horizons (Off B'Way)

Qualifications and Skills

ETCP Certified Rigger for Arena and Theater (#1277)

Member - IATSE (Local 500 and Local 477)

Member - Actor’s Equity Association

Member - Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), America Circus Educators (ACE)

Skilled in Cabinetry, Joinery, Furniture creation, and numerous other decorative and specialized carpentry techniques

Software proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office, Photoshop, Lightroom

Certified Fire Responder (Netherlands National Fire Safety Commission)

Welding - oxyacetylene, MIG, Stick

Pyrotechnics Experience

Circus Aerial Rigging Designer 

Aerial Flyer for Straps, silks, cerceau, and many other aerial disciplines (motorized and manual points)

Comfortable working at height, rappelling, and climbing

Musical score sight reading

OSHA 10 Certified - Motion Picture and Stage Industry

Certified forklift, scissor lift, and condor operator

Full US Drivers License, International Drivers License

Languages: Intermediate French and Portuguese, Some conversational Dutch, Sign Language [ASL]

Puppeteer (Marionettes, hand and rod, body puppets)

Circus Arts (Advanced Whip, Shape Manipulation, Spanish Web Spinner, Fire Poi Spinning)

Accomplished Professional Photographer (see website at www.eps-photo.com  )

Great attitude and sense of humor (plays well with others)

Honors and Awards

2014

Gold Magellan Award for Indulgence - a specialized event onboard multiple Celebrity ships.  Scenic design and construction - Jonathan Givens

2005

Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design (The Oprah Winfrey Show – while not specifically named, I was the Master Carpenter in charge of construction and I built most of the elements)

After Dark Award Nomination for Best Set (The Lady From the Sea – Greasy Joan Theatre: Designer Matthew York)

2004

Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for Best Set (The Misanthrope - Next Theatre Company: Designer Matthew York)

2003

Scottie Awards for Best Set, Best Costumes, Best Lighting, Best Direction, Best Show and Best Props

(Forever Plaid – Stagebrush Theatre)

2001

AriZoni Award for Best Set (Winnie the Pooh – A Christmas Tail– Valley Youth Theatre