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Welcome to the Western Washington Theatrical Training Trust, your home for continuing education in the entertainment industry. We provide courses that span the spectrum of theater and live event production disciplines, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, wardrobe, and beyond.

You do not need to be a Union member to take WWTTT courses!

Our instructors work in the industry. To accommodate their busy work schedules, classes are rarely scheduled more than 6 weeks out, sometimes less.

Subscribe to our newsletter email list and check back here often. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Email our Training Coordinator, Mylor Treneer. mylor@theatricaltraining.com

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Current Classes


  •  May 16, 2024
     1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With topics of gender identity entering mainstream consciousness in new ways, many individuals and organizations are asking what they can do to be more inclusive. We’ll discuss strategies for working with trans and non-binary colleagues and artists, handling theatre-specific needs like audience spaces and dressing rooms, and what to think about when creating art that … Gender Inclusivity in the Theatre IndustryRead More »


  •  May 18, 2024
     11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The goal of this 4-hour workshop is to provide Dressers with basic hand sewing techniques and knowledge which will enable them to do simple necessary repairs and mending accurately.  The Workshop will have several sections of focus. Each section will have various samples of the tools, closures and sewing techniques being presented. Different types of … Sewing for DressersRead More »


  •  May 20, 2024
     10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The International Training Trust, the Western Washington Theatrical Training Trust (WWTTT) and HERC Rentals are working together to get you certified at no cost. This is an opportunity open to any worker who is on the work rolls or dispatch list of an IATSE Local. Click here for Course Reimbursement information:  https://theatricaltraining.com/course-reimbursement/ There will be … MEWP Operator Certification #8Read More »


  •  May 20, 2024
     10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This class is for new stage techs on the Local 15 work list who have never been to work in a theatre and for those with limited work experience in a professional theatre. If you have not had more than one dispatch to a theatre, this is the class for you. Through lecture, demonstrations and … Orientation to the StageRead More »


  •  May 30, 2024
     12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Attendees will review the the Paramount Theatre’s fall protection hazards, it’s fall protection guidelines, its worker rescue plan and be instructed in  the proper use of rescue gear. This class will also be attended by venue staff so there are only 10 spots open.  Attendees should come with their own personal fall protection safety harness. … Worker Rescue at the Paramount TheatreRead More »


  •  June 4, 2024
     10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS CLASS DATE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM MAY TO JUNE AND IS CURRENTLY FULL An email will be sent out if registration for this class is reopened. Journeyman Sean Callahan will take attendees through the basics of working safely around electricity. Students will understand how electricity works and the effect it has on the human … Basic Electrical SafetyRead More »


  •  June 12, 2024
     10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This class will focus on the safe operation of a counterweight fly system. Students will hang, balance and fly scenery under the direction of the instructors. Emphasis will be on the safe communication between the flyman and the rest of the crew. There will be a discussion of system and component capacities and maintenance. Also, … Flyrail & Weightloading Session #1Read More »


  •  June 12, 2024
     3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This class will focus on the safe operation of a counterweight fly system. Students will hang, balance and fly scenery under the direction of the instructors. Emphasis will be on the safe communication between the flyman and the rest of the crew. There will be a discussion of system and component capacities and maintenance. Also, … Flyrail & Weightloading Session #2Read More »

MEWP Operator Certification #7

$$35

Register
May 14, 2024 - May 14, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

MEWP Operator Certification #7 The International Training Trust, the Western Washington Theatrical Training Trust (WWTTT) and HERC Rentals are working together to get you certified at no cost. This is an opportunity open to any worker who is on the work rolls or dispatch list of an IATSE Local. Click here for Course Reimbursement information:  https://theatricaltraining.com/course-reimbursement/ There will be a MEWP Operator Certification class at HERC Rentals 5055 4th Ave. S on Tuesday May 14,  2024 from 10 am to 2 pm. Proper work attire is required including hard hat (or helmet) and safety footwear.

Gender Inclusivity in the Theatre Industry

$$5

Register
May 16, 2024 - May 16, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With topics of gender identity entering mainstream consciousness in new ways, many individuals and organizations are asking what they can do to be more inclusive. We’ll discuss strategies for working with trans and non-binary colleagues and artists, handling theatre-specific needs like audience spaces and dressing rooms, and what to think about when creating art that involves gender. Whatever your starting point, you’ll take away concrete steps to aid in your journey of gender inclusivity. This class and discussion will be presented by  Josephine Kearns, Gender Consultant, Dramaturg, & Theatre Creative on Thursday, May 16  via Zoom. The presentation will begin at 1:00 pm and last approximately 90 minutes.  

Sewing for Dressers

$$35

Register
May 18, 2024 - May 18, 2024
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The goal of this 4-hour workshop is to provide Dressers with basic hand sewing techniques and knowledge which will enable them to do simple necessary repairs and mending accurately.  The Workshop will have several sections of focus. Each section will have various samples of the tools, closures and sewing techniques being presented. Different types of supplies and resources will be provided to illustrate the topic being discussed. A demonstration of the different sewing methods will be shown. A hands-on exercise will be offered. This class will be presented on Saturday, May 18 at the Erickson Theatre costume shop at 11 am.    

Orientation to the Stage

$35

Register
May 20, 2024 - May 20, 2024
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This class is for new stage techs on the Local 15 work list who have never been to work in a theatre and for those with limited work experience in a professional theatre. If you have not had more than one dispatch to a theatre, this is the class for you. Through lecture, demonstrations and hands-on training, this class will orient workers to the parts/areas of a stage/theatre and best practices while working on a call at the 5th Avenue Theatre as well as other proscenium theatres. This class will be taught at the 5th Avenue Theatre at 1308 5th Avenue in Seattle on Monday May 20 from 10 am to 1 pm. Report to the Stage Door in the Alley off south side of Union St between 5th & 6th Avenues in downtown Seattle. Registrants who complete this class will have $25 of their registration fee refunded.

Registration closes on May 17.

 

MEWP Operator Certification #8

$$35

Register
May 20, 2024 - May 20, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The International Training Trust, the Western Washington Theatrical Training Trust (WWTTT) and HERC Rentals are working together to get you certified at no cost. This is an opportunity open to any worker who is on the work rolls or dispatch list of an IATSE Local. Click here for Course Reimbursement information:  https://theatricaltraining.com/course-reimbursement/ There will be a MEWP Operator Certification class at HERC Rentals 5055 4th Ave. S on Monday, May 20, 2024 from 10 am to 2 pm. Proper work attire is required including hard hat (or helmet) and safety footwear.  

Worker Rescue at the Paramount Theatre

$35

Register
May 30, 2024 - May 30, 2024
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Attendees will review the the Paramount Theatre's fall protection hazards, it's fall protection guidelines, its worker rescue plan and be instructed in  the proper use of rescue gear. This class will also be attended by venue staff so there are only 10 spots open.  Attendees should come with their own personal fall protection safety harness. You must have completed a Basic Fall Protection course  and/or  have an Open Beam rigging rating of 3 or higher to attend.

Basic Electrical Safety

$$35

Register
June 4, 2024 - June 4, 2024
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS CLASS DATE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM MAY TO JUNE AND IS CURRENTLY FULL

An email will be sent out if registration for this class is reopened.

Journeyman Sean Callahan will take attendees through the basics of working safely around electricity. Students will understand how electricity works and the effect it has on the human body.  Students will learn how to create and break down electrical paths for theatrical equipment and elements requiring power as well as be able to identify common safety devices and personal protective equipment relevant to electrical work. This course is a prerequisite for entering the Local 15 Apprenticeship program and is highly recommended for all permit workers. This class will be held at the New Labor Temple on Tuesday, June 4 from 10am to 3pm.

Lighting Instruments Hang & Focus Session #2

$35

Register
June 5, 2024 - June 5, 2024
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Students will learn how to read lighting plots, cut color, hang lighting instruments that are ready for focus and troubleshooting. This class will be taught by Journeyman Martin Cunningham at the Paramount Theatre  on Wednesday, June 5. The class will begin at 3 pm and will last 3 hours.  This is the afternoon session of this class. There is a morning session of this same class.  DO NOT SIGN UP FOR BOTH! Attendees need to bring an adjustable wrench (ideally with a safety lanyard). No other tools are required. This course is part of the curriculum of the Local 15 Apprenticeship Program.

Lighting Instruments, Hang & Focus Session #1

$35

Register
June 5, 2024 - June 5, 2024
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Students will learn how to read lighting plots, cut color, hang lighting instruments that are ready for focus and troubleshooting. This class will be taught by Journeyman Martin Cunningham at the Paramount Theatre  on Wednesday, June 5. The class will begin at 10 am and will last 3 hours.  This is the morning session of this class. There is an afternoon session. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR BOTH! Attendees need to bring an adjustable wrench (ideally with a safety lanyard). No other tools are required. This course is part of the curriculum of the Local 15 Apprenticeship Program.

Flyrail & Weightloading Session #1

$35

Register
June 12, 2024 - June 12, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This class will focus on the safe operation of a counterweight fly system. Students will hang, balance and fly scenery under the direction of the instructors. Emphasis will be on the safe communication between the flyman and the rest of the crew. There will be a discussion of system and component capacities and maintenance. Also, the safe use of rope and common knots used in the theatre will be covered. Students will be taught the proper procedure for loading/unloading counterweights on the arbor. This a a 3 to 4 hour class that will be taught at the Paramount Theatre on June 12 at 10 am. There is another session of this same class in the afternoon. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR BOTH!

Flyrail & Weightloading Session #2

$35

Register
June 12, 2024 - June 12, 2024
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This class will focus on the safe operation of a counterweight fly system. Students will hang, balance and fly scenery under the direction of the instructors. Emphasis will be on the safe communication between the flyman and the rest of the crew. There will be a discussion of system and component capacities and maintenance. Also, the safe use of rope and common knots used in the theatre will be covered. Students will be taught the proper procedure for loading/unloading counterweights on the arbor. This a a 3 to 4 hour class that will be taught at the Paramount Theatre on June 12 at 3 pm. There is another session of this same class in the morning. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR BOTH!

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