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Uncle Bill's Remote Seminars    

We are now offering Free Weekly Remote Training Sessions

NOTE: A registration link will be provided for individual sessions at about 10AM the Friday before that session. If you don't see the link or a status of the registration, first try refreshing your browser page, and if that doesn't work, please email the webmanager

Make sure you register with the email address you use to access Zoom. Once you register, you will be sent a confirmation with the meeting link and passcode. DO NOT LOSE THIS CONFIRMATION. Each registration is unique and if you lose yours, we may not be able to get you in once the session has started.

You can find recordings of the sessions as they become available HERE

The Sessions:



UP NEXT:
Performer Flying Winches.  December 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm Eastern (US)
Special guest Paul Sapsis talks about his experiences flying Pink, Lady Gaga and others.

This session has reached capacity. A video will be available at a later date.


The Sapsis Brothers Interview.  December 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm Eastern (US)
Together again for the first time.  Moderated by Eric Rouse.

Registration for this session will open Friday 12/11/2020 at 10:00am EST

 
PAST SESSIONS
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Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Fall Arrest Harnesses: What you don’t know could kill you. There’s a lot more going on than just sticking your arms and legs in and tightening the straps. This session will help you harness up safely.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020
The Fly Rail: Danger Will Robinson. It’s probably the most dangerous place in the theatre. We talked about why and how to make it safer.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Self Retracting Devices: Location. Location. Location. These devices are becoming more common. Unfortunately, it appears that not many technicians are being trained how to use them properly. This session will help fix that problem.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Working at Height Rescue: Tick, tick, tick…. Rescue is the bastard step-child of the industry. Everyone knows it needs to be in place, but very few people want to talk about it. Let’s change that.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Working at Height
: Rules, Regulations & Standards…. People throw regulation numbers and ANSI Standard codes around like confetti out of a cannon. But they don’t talk about how to make these rules and Standards work well for the entertainment industry. We will.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Wire Rope Slings: Not brain surgery. For all their simplicity, wire rope slings often seem to get a bad rap. We’ll discuss the real do’s & don’t’s.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Ground Rigging: Respect! Ground rigging is the hardest job on the gig. We’ll discuss why.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Inclusion & Equity: Session 1. There’s been lots of talk. Panel sessions. Committee meetings. But what is really being done about these issues? We’ll try to find out. This will be an open mic session for all of us to discuss the issues surrounding equity and inclusion in the live entertainment industry. Resource Links from the chat


Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Entertainment (E-series) ANSI Standards:
Pointing the way. The key word is ‘guidance’. Standards put together by industry professionals provide knowledge and guidance that isn’t available anywhere else. And it’s free!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Manual Counterweight Rigging in the Theatre: Working with gravity instead of fighting it
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Motorized Rigging: 
Machines are great as long as you pay attention. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Equity and Inclusion:  Part 2
of an ongoing discussion to be held monthly.
Resource Links from the chat

Video for this session is available to registered participants only. The link to the discussion will be sent via email.
 

The Details:

  • Zoom based.
  • They’re free
  • They’re 90 minutes long.
  • Maximum attendance is 60 people per session.
  • You will need to register for these sessions individually.
  • Registration opens the Friday before each session.

NOTE: A registration link will be provided for individual sessions at about 10AM the Friday before that session. If you don't see the link or a status of the registration, first try refreshing your browser page, and if that doesn't work, please email the webmanager

Once you register, you will be sent a confirmation with the meeting link and passcode. DO NOT LOSE THIS CONFIRMATION. Each registration is unique and if you lose yours, we may not be able to get you in once the session has started.


A few words about Bill Sapsis

Bill’s career spans 5 decades (48 years, to be exact) and in that time he’s seen a lot and learned a lot.  He’s been sharing his thoughts and experiences for many years and, in these challenging times, wants to continue.  Hence this new seminar program.  We hope you enjoy these sessions.  Please let us know if you have any thoughts about improving these seminars and if you have an idea for a topic Bill can talk about in the future.

These sessions are free.  There’s no expectation of payment.  However, if you enjoy the session and want to acknowledge the time Bill is spending putting these sessions together, you can make a donation, in any amount,  to his favorite charity, Behind the Scenes.   The details can be found here.  https://wp.behindthescenescharity.org/


 

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