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ONU to Host ESTA and USITT Rigging and Sound Training Sessions

Jan 6, 2010

Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts will host theatre rigging and digital sound board training seminars from Jan. 8-10.

The Essential Skills for the Entertainment Technician Foundation (ESTA) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) will conduct these sessions, which are designed to help basic- to intermediate-level technicians advance their professional proficiency.

The one-day digital sound board training session is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, and will be taught by Todd J. Mitchell and Cliff Fuller of Great Lakes Sound.

The two-day theatre and arena rigging session will take place from Saturday, Jan. 9 to Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. It will be taught by Bill Sapsis, an Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Certified Rigger and Recognized Trainer.

Upon completion of the course, students will qualify for ETCP renewal credits.

The digital sound board seminar costs $35 for students and $75 for non-students. The rigging seminar costs $70 for students and $150 for non-students.

In addition, a special room rate has been arranged for attendees at The Inn at Ohio Northern University: $67.70 per night, tax and breakfast included, single or double occupancy. Two additional persons may occupy a room for an additional charge of $10 per person. Registrations must be made through the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Ohio Northern University at the time of session registration.

The ESTA Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of educational and charitable programs for the entertainment technology industry. The goal of the organization is to provide scholarships and education programs to establish the knowledge, skills and training necessary to pursue careers in the entertainment industry.

For more information about the training sessions, visit


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