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About Andrew

Blessed with a career, not a job.

I am Andrew Venegas, a Seattle-based 50ish year old entertainment rigger, and entertainment rigging is my passion!

In 1991, I was given an opportunity to work with a group of aspiring student stage technicians from the Art Institute of Seattle. I have been working in live entertainment ever since. My tour history includes a short, but interesting, 2001 run with the UniverSoul Circus as production rigger, an amazing experience with Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath with RJD) as production rigger in 2009, and most recently, with Jane's Addiction as stage manager on their 2012 Escape Artist tour.

In addition to touring, I have developed and trained several arena rigging teams in the Pacific Northwest market. I have worked extensively as the Head Rigger and Fly Operator in Seattle"s historic Moore Theatre, maintaining and operating their 33 lineset "sandbag/hemp" counter-weight rigging system, and have served the role as "house rigger" for the Experience Music Project, now MoPOP, Museum of Pop Culture.

In 2011, I licensed Jolly Rigger LLC. as a direct response to our local industry's need for a more specialized rigging provider. Eventually, an insurance premium increase and employment taxes made operating in our under priced market to unprofitable to justify continued operations. I am currently licensed as Andrew Venegas Entertainment Rigging Inc.

In addition to being ETCP Arena certified (Renewed July 2021, #8821), currently IRATA Level 1 and SPRAT Level 1 certified (Jully 2021), I have received training through Rigging Seminars (Boston 1998), and from Rocky Paulson in 2006. I have sought out mentorship throughout my early career and still maintain relationships with a league of extraordinary gentleman to assist in sourcing and solution development.

In recent years, I have worked consistently through On Sight Access, LLC., a Seattle-based rope access and entertainment rigging specialty service provider (more on them here) hanging acrobats in theatrical environments and building single/double purchase counter-weight rigging systems in remodel and new construction environments. Additionally, through OSA, I utilize my rope access certifications on a consistent basis. I will be testing up both my RAT certifications to Level 2, this summer, 2022.

Andrew hanging on ropes below Seattle's iconic Space Needle.

Career Milestones

First Show Worked

November 1991 - Alabama performed at the Yakima SunDome. Our crew had not yet become SCS Production Group Inc.

1st Gig As Production Rigger

The summer of 1995 in the Sheraton Hotel - Seattle. Employed by the Pacific Northwest Theatre Association.

Voted Into The Swine Rigging Team

In the summer of 1997, at the Gorge Amphitheater. I was voted onto the "Swine" rigteam. This began my mentorship by Jeff Renon.

Touring Production Rigger for the UniverSoul Circus

In May of 2001, I flew into Brooklyn NY to take on the UniverSoul Circus.p>

Managed My First Rigging Team

In 2005, for Event Resounce Managment, LLC. I collaborated in the development of an arena rigging team that I managed for several years.

PSAV Regional Rigging Manager

Hired In late '08, as the PNW Regional Rigging Services Manager. An amazing opportunity to develop a new team whilst supported by safety-minded management.

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