May, 2016 Issue

From the Chair...




Interim Scene Shop Foreman- SDSU
Stage Jobs Pro


NBS FALL CONFERENCE- Mark your calendar
NBS Bylaws Changes Coming in the Fall
Newsletter Archive Links
 Time to Renew Your Membership?


FALL PROTECTION Training Event- August 25 & 26
AVOLITES training & Hog/Arkoas/Capture Training @ Monkey Wrench
Mike Steskal Joins JTH Lighting Alliance
Productions Around the Region
Student Scholarships to attend National Conference


ETC Lighting Console




• Member Renewal Form
• Mission & Information

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Competent Person Fall Protection in Theaters

Two-Day Training Session
Carleton and St. Olaf College Theater Spaces
August 25 & 26, 2016

led by Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA)

    Working at height presents routine challenges and significant risks in performing arts operations and productions. Serious injuries or fatalities can occur as a result of a fall from height while working or performing in the theater. 
    Applying OSHA standards and usual control methods developed for the roofing and construction industries can be difficult in the performing arts. With these thoughts in mind, a two-day Fall Protection Competent Person Training was developed to target theater operations staff and the work activities conducted in theater activities. The training will allow individuals to better recognize, evaluate, and develop controls for the types of hazards that exist in many theater venues and operations. The training is based on the ANSI Z359.2 - 2007 (Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program) Competent Person criteria and Fed-OSHA 1926.503(a) Fall Protection Standard for the Construction Industry.  

Participants can expect two full days of training starting at 8:30 a.m. on August 25. Registration includes all course materials and lunch on both days.
    Training will be held in theater performance spaces at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges in Northfield, MN.

To Register for the training session, visit

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2016
Member Professional- $99.00
Nonmember Professional- $129.00

Contact Elisabeth Haase for more information.

Hotels in Northfield:

America’s Best Value Inn and Suites (507) 663-0371
AmericInn (507) 645-7761
Archer House River Inn  (507) 645-5661
Country Inn of Northfield (507) 645-2286
Froggy Bottoms River Suites (507) 650-0039
Magic Door Bed and Breakfast (507) 581-0445

Monkey Wrench Productions has scheduled the following events in May and June.

• AVOLITES Training  May 24th-25th 

• Elation Open house and Hog/Arkoas/Capture Training June 21-22      $200.00

P: 1-877-AskMonkey


PRESS RELEASE      April, 2016

Mike Steskal joins JTH Lighting Alliance!

    JTH Lighting of Apple Valley, Minnesota and Des Moines, Iowa is excited to announce the addition of Mike Steskal as the newest member of the JTH Controls Group.  
     Mike's role will be Controls Group Inside Sales, in which he will be responsible for the preparation of lighting control proposals and quotations, assisting in controls training programs for JTH Lighting Alliance employees and customers, and continuing the growth of lighting controls at JTH Lighting.
     Mike joins JTH Lighting having been most recently employed by the Minnetonka School District and has provided sales and service of lighting and audio systems in the Upper Midwest for over 20 years.
     Mike brings a wealth of lighting control knowledge and experience to the JTH Controls Group and will continue JTH's efforts to provide the highest level of service to our customers
     Mike resides in Bloomington, Minnesota with his wife, Jennie, and children, Jackie and Julia. Mike likes to walk his dog and attend his daughters' skating and dance events.  In his spare time, he likes to play bass, mix live bands, and figure out ways to convince his wife to go to Disney World.
    To learn more about Mike and his role at JTH, please contact Mike Steskal directly at 952-223-6323 or

Productions Around The Region

University of Minnesota- Duluth, Duluth, MN
UMD Theatre Season 2015-2016    

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

ARCC, Coon Rapids, MN
Click HERE

University of North Dakota Grand Forks

Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN    507 933 7590

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance
Mankato, MN

Winona State University, Winona, MN

St. Mary's University, Winona, MN

Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN

University Opera Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Ted Mann Concert Hall
Visit us next season!