ESTA-Curated Education @ NAMM

ESTA is offering FIVE days of curated education at The 2020 NAMM Show, January 15–19 in Anaheim.

Training tracks include Rigging, Lighting & Electrical, Safety, and Lighting Networking. (ETCP Certificants: Nearly all of ESTA’s Curated Education courses will qualify for free ETCP Renewal Credits!)

New this year to ESTA’s Lighting & Electrical track is Richard Cadena’s two full-day electrical training course, produced in collaboration with NAMM and PLASA, which will run Wednesday and Thursday, January 15–16. Also included in the Lighting & Electrical track are sessions presented by renowned concert lighting designers Susan Rose, Daunte Kenner and Sooner Ruthier; and electrical experts from some of the world’s preeminent entertainment technology companies will speak on the NEC, standards, electrical safety and working with your AHJ.

In addition to the stellar lineup of high-quality courses by Bill Sapsis, Eric Rouse, Paul Sapsis and Elmer Veith, such as Rigging Math, Automation in Performer Flight, Truss & Ground Support Systems and Working at Height Safely, ESTA’s 2020 Rigging Track will feature a course on hoists presented by Bruce Darden of InterAmerica Stage.

ESTA’s Safety Track will, again, feature the very popular OSHA 10 Certification course presented by IATSE’s Kent Jorgensen, Alan Rowe, Eddie Raymond and Joe Aldridge. New for 2020 are in-depth courses on ANSI E1.46, a standard for the prevention of falls from stages and platforms, as well as sessions on mobile elevated work platforms, venue safety and more.

Every presenter in the Lighting Networking Track is a member of the Control Protocols Working Group within ESTA’s Technical Standards Program, and is in some way responsible for writing or maintaining DMX, ACN, sACN, RDM, Art-Net and more, including the latest control protocol ANSI E1.33, RDMnet. The authors of these control protocol standards, such as John Huntington (NYC College of Technology and IATSE Local 1), Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence and PLASA), Paul Kleissler (City Theatrical) and Sam Kearney (ETC) will talk control protocols, wireless, ethernet networking, protocol troubleshooting and more.

Seating is first-come, first-served, though a small number of seats will be reserved for qualified ETCP certificants who email their preferred class schedule to A full list of sessions, along with links to show registration and hotel reservations, is available at

ESTA is very proud to collaborate with the following organizations on its 2020 education lineup: Lighting&Sound America/PLASA, IATSE, the Event Safety Alliance and the International Association of Venue Managers.

Check out the session details and plan your NAMM Show experience at Meet you at the crossroads!

Frances Thompson • ESTA Membership Manager