Entertainment Electrics Workshop

Learn the essentials of planning, setting up, testing, and troubleshooting electrical systems for lighting, audio, and video.

June 27June 29, 2016

Richard Cadena is an Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Certified Entertainment Electrician and Recognized Trainer. On June 27-29, Cadena will offer a three-day entertainment electrics workshop geared toward the industry professional. The workshop includes essential skills and knowledge that no technician should be without, covering theory, practice, and application.

About the workshop

The workshop begins with basic electricity and covers a wide range of topics, from intermediate to advanced power distribution, electrical safety, codes and regulations, and control systems.


Foundations of Electricity
  • Circuits / DC and AC electricity
  • Power calculations / Voltage drop
  • Three-phase systems / Connectors
  • Cables / Power factor / Harmonics
practical power distribution
  • Electrical safety / NFPA 70E
  • 4-wire plus ground systems
  • Portable generators
  • Feeder transformer connections
  • Setting up PD Overcurrent protection
  • Grounding / GFCIs
control systems and networking
  • DMX512-A / Remote Device Management
  • Streaming ACN (sACN) / Digital networks
  • Ethernet / Wireless systems / Fiber optics

Where + When

Held in EMPAC’s Studio Beta, the course will run 9AM–5PM each day, with breakfast, lunch, and parking included.


Lodging accommodations are available on campus for those traveling to attend.

Cost and Registration

  • $675 Includes: workbook and certificate of completion
  • $750 Includes: all of the above plus three nights on-campus lodging
  • Attendance limited to 30 participants


For ETCP certified electricians and riggers, this workshop will count toward 21 renewal credits.


Richard Cadena is a 28-year veteran of the entertainment lighting industry. He’s the author of four lighting books, including: Electricity for Entertainment Electricians & Technicians, Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light, Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship, and Focus on Lighting Technology. His books are used as course guides and recommended reading in colleges and universities around the globe. He is also a monthly columnist for Lighting & Sound America, Lighting & Sound International, and Protocol magazines. He has been an ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician and Recognized Trainer since the inception of the program. As a freelance lighting designer and lighting consultant he has worked on concert tours, television, and theatre, and he has designed dozens of lighting systems for permanent installations.

Entertainment Electrics Workshop
Studio Beta
June 27June 29, 2016

EMPAC 2015–16 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.