Design, Manufacture and Installation of Theatrical Equipment Worldwide

Reference Reading

Stage Rigging Handbook
Stage Rigging Handbook
Theatres & Auditoriums
Theatres & Auditoriums
Structural Design
Structural Design for
the Stage
Scenic Design & Lighting Techniques
Scenic Design & Lighting Techniques

To learn more about rigging, backstage safety, and other related topics, you may find the following book list helpful.

Rigging Stage & Machinery

Stage Rigging Handbook, 3rd Ed. - Jay O. Glerum,
Southern Illinois University Press, 2007
A comprehensive book covering all facets of stage rigging.

Scenery for the Theatre - Harold Burris-Meyer and Edward Cole,
Little, Brown, and Company, 1971

Good chapter on "The Stage and its Equipment."

Theatre Engineering and Stage Machinery - Toshiro Ogawa,
Entertainment Technology Press, 2001

Covers every aspect of theatrical machinery and stage technology in global terms.

Arena Rigging - Harry Donovan, Donovan Rigging, Inc., 2002
A comprehensive, practical guide covering all aspects of arena rigging.

Theatre Design

Building Better Theaters - Michael Mell, Entertainment Technology Press, 2006
Step-by-step guide to the design and construction of performing arts facilities.

Theatres, Planning Guidance for Design and Adaptation - Roderick Ham,
Butterworth Architecture, 1987

A good overview of the entire process of designing a theatre.

Theatres and Auditoriums, 2nd Ed. - Harold Burris-Meyer and Edward Cole,
Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co., Inc., 1964

Planning, architecture and construction of theatres, opera houses and
multi-use facilities.

Rope & Cable

Wire Rope Users Manual, 4th Ed. - Wire Rope Technical Board, 2005
Comprehensive information on wire rope usage.

Wire Rope User’s Handbook, 2012

The Ashley Book of Knots - Clifford W. Ashley, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1944
A historical archive of over 3,000 knots from the days of sailing ships.


Backstage Handbook, 3rd. Ed. - Paul Carter, Broadway Press, 1994
An illustrated reference of technical information from a theatrical perspective.

Structural Design for the Stage - Alys E. Holden & Bronislaw J. Sammler,
Focal Press, 1999

Provides a foundation in practical structural design for scenery.

Pocket Ref, 2nd Ed. - Thomas J. Glover, Sequoia Publishing, Inc., 1995
A wide ranging reference with tables, charts, and formulas related to carpentry, chemistry, physics, electricity, steel, hardware, finishes, and much more.

Electrical Pal - Paul A. Rosenberg, Engineering Publications Group EPG, Inc., 1996
A basic pocket-size reference for electrical work, including electrical formulas, symbols, wiring, communications, fiber optics, motors, lighting, and more.

Working Backstage

Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques: A Basic Guide for Theatre
Rob Napoli and Chuck Gloman, Focal Press, 2006
Basic scenic and lighting information with many color illustrations and photos.

The Perfect Stage Crew: The Complete Technical Guide for High School, College, and Community Theater John Kaluta, Allworth Press, 2003
How to make things happen backstage that are essential for a successful production.

HEADS! & Tales - Bill Sapsis,,
A compilation of articles and stories featuring safety information, practical advice, humor and gems of wisdom for the stage technician.

Business Books

ANSI E1.2-2006: Design, Manufacture and Use of Aluminum Trusses and Towers

Entertainment Services & Technology Association 2006

Practical Health and Safety Guidelines for School Theatre Operations
Dr. Randall Davidson, Risk International Publishing, 2005
Extensive coverage of health and safety concerns in schools, including maintenance, fire prevention, environmental concerns, necessary skill sets for instructors.

PDF Becoming a Category of One (book review by Bob Theis)

Joe Calloway, John Wiley and Sons, 2003
Explains how ordinary businesses can become exceptional by knowing and connecting with their customers beyond all expectations.

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