About Us

Company Background

Theatre Rigging Specialists, (T.R.S. LLC), is a limited liability company (LLC), specializing in theatrical rigging installations that meet or exceed industry standards.The company was established in 1998. and is based in Northern Virginia. The company has the ability to travel nationwide and abroad.

Central to T.R.S. is lead rigger, Matthew Kreisler, whose early experiences in community theatre and summer stock, and a years apprenticeship in scenery construction, lighting and rigging at Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts (ESIPA) ("The Egg") in Albany, N.Y. formed the foundation for T.R.S.

After Matthew's service in the United States Marine Corp, he returned with renewed energy and focus which resulted in relationships with I.A.T.S.E Local 1, 4, 340, 642 and Ironworkers Union Local 580 NYC. His early work included such prominent venues as  the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Saturday Night Live, Madison Square Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NBC, New Jersey Meadowlands, Continental Airlines Arena and many others. After working in areas from set construction, lighting, tv, and rigging he had found his calling in the rigging field which included production rigging to theatre rigging. Matthew is currently installing rigging systems for Stage Equipment Company of America (SECOA).

Since it's inception, T.R.S. has established ongoing relationships (including attending continuing education seminars) with the following rigging manufacturers and suppliers:

Our company has installed rigging/curtains and track equipment from the following manufacturers:

Stage Equipment Company of America (SECOA) = www.secoa.com

JR Clancy = www.jrclancy.com
Daktronics = http://www.daktronics.com/Pages/default.aspx
H&H Specialties Inc. = http://www.hhspecialties.com/
Thern Stage Equipment = http://www.thernstage.com/
Automatic Devices Company (ADC) = http://www.automaticdevices.com/
Slingco = http://www.slingco.com/
Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) = http://www.etcconnect.com/

Training & Education

At T.R.S, we believe our ongoing training and certifications are essential to creating suitable theatrical rigging solutions specific to your needs.

Upon forming T.R.S., our mission was to obtain contracts with companies serving the theatrical/television/production industry nationwide and abroad. Over the years, T.R.S. as well as our lead rigger, obtained essential licenses and certifications as well as participating in continuing education.

We are an authorized installer and provider of some of the most well respected products in the theatrical industry.

Below is a list of our certifications, licenses and memberships.

  • • License: Virginia Class B (Comercial Improvement Contractor) License # 2705139932
  • • Certification: ETCP - Certified Rigger Theatre
  • • Training: J.R. Clancy Power Lift Dealer
  • • Training: Daktronics (Vortek) Automated Hoists and Rigging Dealer
  • • Certification: Electronic Theatre Controls Prodigy Hoist
  • • Certification: American Welding Society
  • • Certification: Several OSHA Lifts, including OSHA 10
  • • Membership : International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 580 NYC
  • • Approved contractor: U.S. Institute of Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) - Rigging Initiative Safety Program