Delbert Hall is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He is a member of IATSE Local 699 and a Safety Consultant for the American Circus Educator.
Delbert is an expert in performer flying, having flown performers in over 400 productions nationally, including productions at many of the major regional theatre companies in the US. He has worked with internationally known directors, such as Debbie Allen and Christopher Renshaw, and flown major performers and celebrities such as the Backstreet Boys.
Dr. Hall has published numerous articles on aerial rigging, regularly teaches aerial rigging workshops in the US and Canada. He is also a consultant for Rock Exotica and a trainer/sale representative for their Butterfly Lift system. He is also the author of several books on rigging, including Rigging Math Made Simple (currently in its fifth edition) and is the co-author of TheRigging Math Made Simple Workbook, The Arena Riggers’ Handbook and The Theatre Riggers’ Handbook.
Learn from Delbert at ADF 2019!
|Rigging Immersion (All Levels)
Week A: Mon, July 29 – Fri, August 2 | 9am-12pm
This workshop covers what every aerialist should know about aerial rigging – including: forces, dos and don’ts of common aerial hardware, breaking strengths of hardware, design factors and working load limits, mechanical advantage, inspecting aerial rigs/equipment, basic knots, and many other things related to safely rigging aerial effects. This workshop is intended for aerialists who want to know more about selecting hardware (and apparatus) for aerial work, installing it in a safe manner, inspecting it, cleaning and storing it, and finding and communicating with aerial riggers.
|Advanced Aerial Rigging
Week A: Mon, July 29 – Fri, August 2 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
This workshop is for studio owners (covering liability, insurance, inspections and other topics of importance to studio owners); aerial riggers (rigging practices and hands-on practice rigging different apparatus); and anyone wanting to make or repair aerial apparatus (swaging wire ropes, splicing fiber ropes, and advanced rope-craft). This workshop will cover lots of different rigging systems and situations. This workshop will help you take your rigging and understanding of aerial rigging to the next level.
|Rock Exotica Butterfly Lift Workshop
Saturday, August 3 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Rock Exotica’s Butterfly Lift is a portable manually operated system specifically designed for lifting aerial performers. It is designed to lift either one or two performers (up to 350 pounds) and is easily operated.
This rig has many advantages over a flying winch:
· Much less expensive
· No electrical power required
· Lighter – can be transported in the trunk of a car or plane (as checked baggage)
· Easy to set-up (typically in 45 minutes or less)
· Can be operated by a performer with minimal training
This session will demonstrate how to setup and operate the Butterfly Lift system. Learn More