Workshop Information

Stage Machinery

Beginning / Tech
Presented by Ted Stark

Stage machinery and automation exists to aid in the staging of effects, either visible or invisible to the audience to aid in rapid scene changes and create magical illusions. The tradition of mechanical spectacle through stage machinery has a long history. In this presentation we will explore some of the different systems used in the theatre to create live spectacle, we will discuss fly systems, trap doors, turn tables & revolves, elevators & lifts and all the other systems that have been developed to lift, push, spin, pull, and fly performers and scenery. Additionally, we will learn about the power systems and their controls that make these movements possible, from human powered counterweight systems to hydraulics, pneumatics, and electric winches including the pros and cons of these different power output systems.