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Explore recommended textbooks in fields such as stage electricals & lighting design, media servers programming & screens, health & safety, and rigging.

Written for professionals, as well as educators who train and influence the next generations of practitioners, these books will assist new starters studying towards qualification, experienced professionals wanting to achieve ETCP certification and any individuals seeking to progress their careers through independent learning.


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Concert Design: The Road, The Craft, The Industry

Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician

Seth Jackson draws on his 25 years of industry experience to explain what it takes to make a career of ‘the road’. Gain insights into design techniques, working with Artists and directors, the rigors of concert touring, and navigating a career path.

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Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician, 2E

Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician

Written by an Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) recognized trainer, this reference supports practicing electricians and technicians, and provides new technicians the assistance needed for a successful career in the entertainment industry.

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Free Guide: Insights into Lighting Design and Safety

Insights into Lighting Design and Safety

Written for lighting production practioners, this guide expains important industry standards and training courses for certification, key roles and responsibilities in working in a lighting production and recommended practices for lighting design and dance choreography.

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Set Lighting Technician's Handbook 5e

Set Lighting Technician's Handbook

This handbook is the most comprehensive guide to set lighting available. It provides a unique combination of practical detail with a big-picture understanding of lighting, technology, safety, and professionalism, essential to anyone doing motion picture lighting.

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Vectorworks for Entertainment Design 2e

Vectorworks for Entertainment Design

This book covers the most current details of the Vectorworks software for scenery, lighting, sound, and rigging; real and virtually. Exploring both the technical how-to and the art of design, it provides Theatre Designers and Technicians with the tools to learn about the application and use it professionally.

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Safety and Health for the Stage

Safety and Health for the Stage

This practical guide covers the specific steps and policies required to implement an effective safety and health program in the live entertainment production process. Learn how to ensure compliance with legal codes and standards, with access to industry specific resources and a full glossary of terms.

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Productivity Through Wellness for Live Entertainment and Theatre Technicians

Productivity Through Wellness for Live Entertainment and Theatre Technicians

By examing the limits of the human body, the fundamentals of motivation, and best practices of project management, this book provides practical solutions for individuals and organizations to achieve a healthy work–life balance, reduce the burnout and injuries of overwork, and maximize productivity.

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