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Bill SapsisBill "Uncle Bill" Sapsis: Bill Sapsis, President of Sapsis Rigging, Inc., began his career in 1972.   His work on Broadway includes the original productions of A Chorus Line and The Runner Stumbles. Bill opened Sapsis Rigging in 1981 and has grown the company into a multi-faceted installation/production/service company with clients on six continents.

Bill’s articles and lectures on rigging and safety can be found in numerous publications worldwide. He has authored two books; Heads and Tales and Entertainment Rigging for the 21st Century.  Bill is the chair of the ETCP Arena Subject Matter Experts and a member of the ETCP Council.  He serves on ESTA's Technical Standards Committee and is co-Chair of the ANSI accredited Rigging Working Group. Bill sits on the Board of Directors for the Behind the Scenes Charity. 

Bill is a USITT Fellow and a member of ABTT. He is a founding member of the Long Reach Long Riders, an industry based charity motorcycle group. He is the Executive Producer of BackStage Pass, a video interview series on YouTube and an organizer of the ESTA/USITT New World Rigging Symposium.  Bill is also the Executive Director of the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC).

Do not get him started talking about his place in Vermont.  Or his kids.
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chrisChris Harris started working for Sapsis Rigging in 1991. Originally hired to oversee scenery construction, he is now the Lead Safety Inspector and a Rigging Installation Supervisor. Including the many domestic theaters he has done inspections, installations or renovations for he has also been involved in installations internationally, including Kingdom Schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador and Teatro Villa Juana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 2005 he became an ETCP Certified Rigger in Theater Rigging.

He attended the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (‘87-‘91) where he received a BFA in Theater Design and Production with an emphasis on Technical Direction. Before attending college, he was a trained dancer attending the New Jersey Ballet School and training with the Darvash Ballet Studio in New York City. He performed professionally with the New Jersey Ballet Co., Atlanta Ballet Co., Colorado Ballet Co. and Ballet de France. email Chrisetcp

 

David GillespieDavid Gillispie has been the operations manager for Sapsis Rigging since 2020. He comes to us from Southern California, where he was previously the Rigging Coordinator at the Anaheim Convention Center. David Holds an ETCP certification in Arena Rigging.

When not working David can be found surfing during the summer months, or hiking with his wife, and dog cooper. He is also a huge Tampa Bay Lightning fan. David currently lives in Baltimore Maryland with his wife, Olivia, dog Cooper, and cat Storm. email David

Garth ShackGarth Shack is a Columbus Ohio native. Second generation IATSE Local 12 BAK (Business Agent’s Kid). Came to Sapsis full time in 2014 as a installer under Michael Sapsis, Dan Porter and Nic Troeger. Have been Michael Sapsis' right hand man for NYC production up until humbly assuming many of his roles in 2021.  Now working directly under Bill Sapsis acting as SRI’s TD, lead production rigger, remote access technician, draftsman, and designer.
House music and mountain biking. email Garthetcp
  Jasmia BrooksJasmia Brooks  is a True Philadelphian, Born & raised in the Germantown Historical section of Philadelphia. On her spare time Jasmia enjoys her family,sports, the arts & DIY Projects. Jasmia Brooks brings more than ten years of office administrative/ HR management experience to Sapsis Rigging Inc. In her role as Office Manager/ Accountant Assistant, she provides the highest level of support to Lisa May, Bill Sapsis & Jeff Prorok . She is heavily involved with the day to day office management responsibilities and assists with a broad range of tasks that allow the company to operate effectively and efficiently. She is a highly organized and experienced professional with a Degree in Business. 

Jeff ProrokJeff Prorok started at SRI as a shop assistant and now heads up our Sales Department. When we can pry him out of the warehouse, Jeff likes to golf but doesn't do it enough. He is an avid reader and a huge Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan. He enjoys movies and loves all types of music. Enthusiastically plays guitar and sings in a band every Friday, at his house. He has been living in the Philly area for 15 years and now lives in Manayunk with his girlfriend Dacia and their fish. email Jeff

 

Lisa MayLisa May has been the bookkeeper for Sapsis Rigging since 1994. Born and raised in Northern Ohio, she has enjoyed living in the Philadelphia area since moving here with her husband, Dan and son, Adam. Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University, and also worked in the mortgage business prior to coming to work for Sapsis.

When she’s not juggling the numbers, Lisa can usually be found spending time with her husband, Dan, a singer songwriter. email Lisa

Loren SchreiberLoren Schreiber—BA, MA, MFA, ETCP-T. Loren began his professional career as Technical Director for the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, where he was instrumental in the production of more than 150 shows, including the world premiere of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Neil Simon’s Rumors and Jake’s Women, the national tour of James Lapine’s Falsettos and the Broadway revival of Damn Yankees. After 12 years in Regional Theatre, Loren joined the faculty of San Diego State University, where he founded the San Diego Theatre Arts Research Laboratory (STAR-Lab), which developed one of the first commercially available stage automation systems. Loren’s association with Sapsis Rigging began in 2005 with the inspection of the automated rigging of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio, Las Vegas. He currently manages the SRI cruise division, responsible for safety and rigging inspections of the performance venues on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. He has made 60+ cruises in the last 10 years, visiting more than 50 countries on 6 continents in the process. 

Loren is a former, multi-term board member of USITT, and currently the USITT Technical Production Commission liaison to OISTAT. He is a founding member of the Long Reach Long Riders motorcycle charity ride, raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Behind the Scenes. In his spare time, he enjoys flying small planes upside down and riding motorcycles right side up. email Lorenetcp

 

Mark McKinneyMark McKinney has a BA from SUNY Fredonia in Theatre Design & Technology.  His production experience includes work with the National Playwrights Conference, Hartford Ballet, SUNY Purchase/Pepsico Summerfare and South Coast Repertory.  With over 30 years of experience in entertainment, industrial, military systems and expendable sales, Mark has worked with many of the top manufacturers and distributors including Rosco, Strand Lighting, Lex Products, W.A. Benjamin Electric and Texas Scenic. When he is not supporting his customers, you can find him on a local golf course with his wife, Tracey. In the off-season hiking the Hudson Valley and working on his photography keep him busy.
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Michael SapsisMichael Sapsis has been with Sapsis Rigging since the early 80’s.  During his tenure with SRI he has been head rigger for innumerable high profile projects around the world, including the original Seventh on Sale AIDS Benefits,  Anthropordino at the Park Avenue Armory, the Crystal Ball at Mt. Sinai and special events in London, Hong Kong and Cheng Du, China.  Prior to joining SRI Michael was the road manager for Judy Collins and the LD at the Savoy/Hudson Theatre in NYC.  Michael holds an ETCP Certification in Theatrical rigging.  

Any resemblance to his twin brother Bill is purely biological.  email Michaeletcp

 

Sarah Gowan Sarah Gowan has been with SRI since 1984, when she was hired as a scenic artist before the ink had dried on her Temple University theater degree. She's worn many hats since, including paint charge, bookkeeper and office manager. Most recently she serves as the company materials editor, graphic artist, webmanager and, because she has read more computer manuals than anyone else, default IT manager.

In her life outside of SRI she performs with a percussive dance group, and plays for contra, square and English country dances - activities which mortified her two children until they grew up and thought she was cool again. When asked how she manages to pack so much into her busy life she replies, "Easy - don't clean." email Sarah

 

   
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