April 5, 2022
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University has been recognized as one of five universities nationwide to be an ETCP employer, demonstrating exemplary technical and safety practices for theater and entertainment programs.
“The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is the theater and entertainment industry’s standard bearer for hiring practices and workplace safety protocols,” said the program coordinator. recruiting from the School of Theater Arts, Lauren Warnecke. “For educational institutions, it is a sign that the IWU adheres to the best practices found in the professional field and acts in good faith as the guardian of these standards.”
Administered by the Entertainment Services and Technology Association, the ETCP is a rigorous, industry-wide assessment designed to assess professional technicians in disciplines that affect the health and safety of crews, performers and audiences. Of all the theater electricians in the country, both in education and in the field, only 739 people have obtained this entertainment electrician certification.
the School of Theater Arts employs two ETCP certified electricians – Production Electrician Joseph Vitti and Assistant Professor of Theater Arts Julie E. Ballard, who earned the university ETCP-employer accreditation. Vitti completed the certification process in 2020, followed by Ballard who recently won the title.
“Joe and I take tremendous pride in being able to pass on our knowledge to our students and are very proud to be an ETCP certified workplace,” Ballard said. “Our students can rest assured that they are learning the best way to be an entertainment electrician. »
As a professional training program, the Design Technology program is one in which health and safety standards are of the utmost importance.
“The work of a theater electrician is specialized and can be dangerous if best practices are not followed. Being an ETCP Recognized Employer means our institution values high standards and passes them on to the next generation working in the technical theater,” Warnecke said.
Students studying Theater Design and Technology have direct experience working on productions through the School of Theater Arts. These efforts will be evident in the upcoming production of Airline Highway from April 6-10 at Wesleyan’s Jerome Mirza Theater at McPherson Hall.
Recently named the number one design technology program in Illinois by Prepler in 2021, Illinois Wesleyan’s Theater Design & Technology program is among the leading undergraduate college tracks in the United States, committed to holistic and rigorous education in Theater Design, Technical Theater and Production Stage Management. .
To learn more about the Design Tech program, visit program description page.
By Kailee Galloway ’23