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.


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:


When I'm not at work...

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