Certification Council

About the Council
The Certification Council, which is the governing body for ETCP, marks an unprecedented alliance of leaders representing all facets of the entertainment technology industry. At the core of the Council are the industry organizations whose presence ensures their members' voices will be heard during the development process, and their involvement is an invaluable resource as the program continues to grow.

Representing potential candidates, those who employ them, and those in whose facilities they work, these organizations have embraced the benefits that personnel certification can bring to our industry. It was also critical to the process that large employers be seated at the table. These currently include Cirque du Soleil, Disney Theatrical, NBC Universal, PRG, PSAV, and Walt Disney Park & Resorts.

Representing the Electrical and Rigging Subject Matter Experts on the Council are the Chairs of these groups, all highly respected authorities in their fields. Bringing additional viewpoints and leadership skills to the Council are individuals appointed for their experience in a wide range of areas including program development, marketing and fundraising, legal issues, and training.

SME Chairs
Electrical Skills

Derek Coleman
National Director of Power Distribution Services for Encore Global

Alan Rowe
Safety & Training Director, IATSE Local 728 and Chair of the IATSE Craft Advancement Program

Steve Terry
Director of Standards and Industry Relations of ETC

Rigging Skills

Karen Butler
Owner, Suddenly Scenic

Bill Sapsis
President of Sapsis Rigging, Inc.


Organizational Members
*denotes Council Chair

Tim Hansen*
Industrial Sales Manager for Oasis Stage Werks

Todd Spencer
ESTA President,
Ventana Capital Investments

Steve Surratt
Chief Operating Officer,
Texas Scenic Co.

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)

Matt Antonucci
Vice President Production Affairs
and Safety

Chris Moulton
Production Affairs and Safety Managet at Contract Services

Michael Skinner
Production Affairs and Safety Manager at Contract Services

The Broadway League

Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT/ICTS)

Event Safety Alliance

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

Michael J. Barnes
Co-Director of the Stagecraft Department

Hannah R. D'Amico
International Representative

Pat White
Director of Education and Training

International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)

Russell Read
Director of Experience,
City of Ceder Hill, TX


Michael Finney
Director of Technical Design for Thinkwell Design & Production

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

Joe Aldridge

Past President, USITT and Professor of Theatre and Technical Director at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Eric Rouse
Member, USITT
Director of Installations and Show Support, EPS

Business Members
Broadway Across America

Mark Bumgardner
National Director of Production/Theatrical

Cirque du Soleil

Disney Theatrical Productions

James M. Garner
Manager, Physical Production

Encore Global

Live Nation

NBC Universal

Greg Petruska (he/his/him)
Director, Environmental Health
and Safety for Live Theatre

Adam Tackett
Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager for Production (Live Theatre and Features)


Production Resource Group

Fred Gallo
President, Scenic Operations

Jere Harris
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Orestes Mihaly
General Manager, Scenic Operations

Walt Disney Parks
and Resorts

David E. Miller
Manager, Technical Direction and Systems

Individual Members

Steven Ehrenberg
President, Eberg Staging Solutions

Tony Galuppi
National Rigging Manager,
VER Sales

Dr. Marilyn Hetzel
Professor Emerita of the Theatre Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Kent Jorgensen
Safety and Training Representative for IATSE Local 80 and Chair of the IATSE Labor / Management Safety Committee

Eddie Raymond
Past President of ESTA and Former Vice President of IATSE Local 16 in San Francisco


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