West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance professor Steven Neuenschwander has successfully completed the Entertainment Technician Certification Program Theatre Rigging exam, making him the only professional in the state to be certified through the program.

Technicians who pass this rigorous exam are considered the industry’s best in the operation of theater rigging systems. There are only 446 such certified theater riggers in the U.S.

As a certified theater rigger, Neuenschwander is responsible for the maintenance of safety standards for all technicians, performers and patrons.

The exam for theater rigging is only administered to qualified candidates who possess the required amount of educational and professional experience. To apply for the exam, 30 points have to be accumulated. Neuenschwander received 10 points for his undergraduate degree—a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona—and Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale School of Drama, both in entertainment technology. He received 20 points (one point for 100 hours of professional work) through employment experience at the University of Texas at Arlington, Sunbelt Scenic Studios and WVU.

“I feel the certification is an important asset to continue to stay current in the industry,” said Neuenschwander, clinical assistant professor of technical direction. “WVU is now in a prime leadership position in the region, with a cutting-edge curriculum that prepares students for the challenges of the professional world.”

For more information about the WVU School of Theatre & Dance, please visit theatre.wvu.edu, call 304-293-2020, or email theatre@mail.wvu.edu.

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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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