PANEL: Theatre Safety


  • Actsafe Safety Organization
    Don Parman

    Bio: Don’s twenty five-year career has taken him from student, to crew, to supervisor and manager. Along the way he has worked with some amazing organizations, The Massey Theatre, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Royal City Musical Theatre, The Canadian Institute for Theatre Technologies to name just a few.
    Don now brings all of that experience and love for live performance to Actsafe Safety Association. From ladder safety to air quality Don has experienced it first hand and can help you navigate the world of Performing arts safety.

  • IATSE 168
    George Scott
  • Teqniqal Systems
    Erich Friend

    Theatre Systems and Safety Consultant with projects in 7 countries and over 40 years experience. Erich is a Consultant Specializing in Performing Arts Technology and Safety.

    Specialties: Acoustics - Noise Control - Sound - Video - Projection - Lighting - Dimming - Power & Signal Distribution – Counterweight and Motorized Rigging - Stage Machinery - Speaker Cluster and Scoreboard Hoists - Orchestra Shells - Orchestra Lifts - Wire Tension Grids - Draperies & Curtains - Sightline Studies & Seating Layout - Theatre Space Planning - Safety Assessments and Training

  • Janet Sellery

    Before opening her own consultancy, Janet spent nine years pioneering a health and safety program for the Stratford Festival. This program is now recognized as the “gold standard” for theatres across Canada.

    She’s also consulted for Safe Stages (Alberta) and serves as a volunteer member for:

    • Live Performance Health & Safety Advisory Committee (Ontario Ministry of Labour)
    • Event Safety Alliance Advisory Council
    • Event Safety Working Group

  • Kristi Ross-Clausen

    Kris% Ross-Clausen, CTS, CQT

    A !re%red” K-12 music/theatre teacher, Kris% Ross-Clausen has become an interna%onally rec-
    ognized expert on venue safety and technical theater pedagogy. In addi%on to being quoted by

    NPR and Newsweek as well as interviewed for numerous podcasts including the Event Safety
    Alliance’s, she's presented on theatre safety for the Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Educa%on,

    United States Ins%tute for Theatre Technology, AVIXA - the Audiovisual and Integrated Experi-
    ence Associa%on, Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Associa%on, the Kennedy Center Ameri-
    can College Theater Fes%val, SETC, and many others.

    She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Master of Arts in Theatre Re-
    search: Theatre for Young Audiences with an emphasis in technical theatre pedagogy where she

    wrote her thesis on what Wisconsin HS theatre teachers know about safety (not enough).
    Kris% co-chaired the commi\ee that revised the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruc%on
    standards in Theatre, leading the Technical Theatre strand and making Wisconsin one of the first
    states to give equal recogni%on of the skills used behind the scenes.
    She worked with the Na%onal Federa%on of State High School Associa%ons and the Educa%onal

    Theater Associa%on as a contributor to their online theatre safety class for HS teachers and par-
    ent volunteers. h\ps://

    As a member of the Event Safety Alliance, she was one of the contributors to the original Event

    Safety Alliance Reopening Guide and on the revision commi\ee. h\ps://www.eventsafetyal-

    A member of IATSE local 470 she has worked on thousands of shows, concerts, and expos rang-
    ing from Broadway tours to community theatre, industrial and educa%onal produc%ons K-12

    including touring with the North American tours of Mamma Mia, War Horse and Priscilla,
    Queen of the Desert. She is an IATSE Trained Trainer and has provided training on all facets of
    technical theatre to professional stagehands.
    As an Actors Equity Stage Manager she has worked with Forward Theatre, First Stage, Timber
    Mill Theater, The University of Wisconsin Band show, and a special appearance by His Holiness,
    the Dalai Lama among other events.

    She founded the Technical Theater for Performing Arts Teachers summer ins%tute at the Univer-
    sity of Wisconsin - Madison and leads the new Stage and Entertainment Technology program at

    Madison College. h\ps://

    Learn more about Kris% and her work at