Andy Schmitz

Rigging and Inspections Manager

Andy joined EPS in 2021 as Rigging and Inspections Manager. With more than 25 years of entertainment industry experience as a Project Manager, Head Rigger, Technical Director, Lighting Director, and Production Manager, Andy provides EPS’ clients a wealth of knowledge when it comes to any type of rigging system. Previously, Andy served as a circus rigger, working for recognized productions such as Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, O, and Le Reve. Prior to his circus career, Andy was a freelance Technical Director based in Philadelphia, where he had the pleasure of acting as Technical Director for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance from Alma College; is an Entertainment Technician Certification Program Certified Rigger; and a proud member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers who can tie well over 100 knots from memory (and counting!). Andy is well-respected in the industry and has been called on to present at national conferences such as The New World Rigging Symposium (NWRS), produced by ESTA and USITT.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre & Dance, Alma College

First introduction to the industry:

I first found “my tribe” in a high school production of Comedy of Errors. I was drawn to the backstage old giant manual lighting dimmers, the old kind that needed both hands and one foot to push all the levers! I was hooked!

What I listen to at work:

NPR, Samba, Rocksteady Ska

Dream Vacation:

Malawi

When I'm not at work...

I’m climbing trees with my son and CAD designing jewelry with my wife.