Theater Safety Expert and Teacher
Safety Consultant. College Professor.
Keynote, Classroom, and In-service Speaker
Arts Advocate. Author. Webinar/Podcast guest.
IATSE Stagecraft & AVL skills trainer.
What others have said:
"A kinder, gentler Dr. Doom. "
"A walking encyclopaedia of resources."
"The authority when it comes to technical theater safety in schools."
"One of the best presenters we've ever had. Appreciate her vast knowledge and ability to tailor her presentation to our facility."
"She led the group that literally wrote the standard for technical theater education, and is changing the industry."
"Appreciate you taking time to talk with my college students. I learned some things, too!"
I started working in theater safety when I heard about Tasha Schuh, a high school student who fell through a trap floor during a rehearsal for her school musical and became quadriplegic because of her injuries.
I wanted to know how I could prevent that from happening when I'm working. What can I do to make things safer for everyone involved in a live event such as theater, concert, dance, lecture, worship service, AV expo, or whatever?
That led to a Master's thesis focused on HS theater safety and a career designing and teaching the use of safe spaces. I consult and assist with numerous associations, producers, theater venues, houses of worship, and other event spaces to help them keep the people there safe while still giving a great show.
I'm an IATSE trained trainer; have OSHA 10 & 30, AVIXA CTS, AQAV CQT, and am ETCP eligible for both Electrics and Theater Rigging. I teach for and help folks through the Event Safety Alliance, Educational Theater Association, National Federation of State High School Associations, Stage Managers Association, United States Institute for Technical Theater, Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators, Alliance for Wisconsin Theater Education, and many other organizations.
My services range from site visits with detailed reports to informal consultations completed in a brief phone call.
Many K-12 schools and theatrical producers have had me give webinars or in-person training for their teachers, student crew, technicians, and performers. I also consult on and design AVL systems for educational facilities.
Have brain, will travel!
Click on "Contact us" above and let's figure out how you can play safely!