Engineering for Entertainment focuses on the design and use of stage mechanisms for live performance including:

  • rigging systems
  • fluid power
  • tracked wagons
  • motorized winches
  • stage lifts
  • turntables
  • automation control systems

The course will meet in person on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:35 – 10:55am in the spring of 2024. This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any department and there are no prerequisites. If you have questions about the course, you can reach out to Chris Zinkon at

The engineering technology that supports live entertainment continues to advance and many careers in the field now demand more than traditional stagecraft skills. This course introduces a wide variety of systems and technologies increasingly common in contemporary productions.

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