UPTW 2024: Structural Engineering for the Stage


Structural Engineering for the Stage is a classroom and demonstration-based class suited for beginners or those who understand the topic and would like to advance their knowledge and skillset.


  • Digital handout guided by the PowerPoint presentation
  • Catered lunch each day
  • Event tee shirt and swag bag
    • Attendees that register after Dec. 1 are not guaranteed an event tee due to the short turnaround window

This class qualifies for 10.5 ETCP renewal credits.


  • Structural Engineer – What do they do and why do I need one?
  • General Materials Discussion
  • Physical Limitations of Materials
  • Tension and Compression
  • Basic Truss/Beam Design
  • Advanced Truss Loading
  • Basic Theatrical Platform Design
  • Structural Ramifications of Rigging on Building
  • Effects of Weather and Natural Forces on Event/Building
  • ModTruss 101 with Patrick Santini
    • ModTruss 101 will be a 4-hour instructor session going over the basics of the product, how to use, connect, and apply to different fields, as well as identifying issues with the product that may lead to structural failure.


Jeff Reder

Principal and Co-Founder of Clark Reder Engineering

Patrick Santini

Owner, Inventor, and CEO of ModTruss

Brian Phillips

President of Productions Unlimited, Inc.; ETCP: Certified Rigger, Theatre & Entertainment Electrician


January 3rd
Check-In: 8:30AM
Workshop: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with a break for a catered lunch

January 4th and 5th
Workshop: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with a break for a catered lunch

Registration Fees:

Now – Dec. 1 (midnight 11:59 p.m. ET)
Students: $400 | Adults: $450
Invoice must be paid by Dec. 1 to secure the discounted rate.

After Dec. 1 (midnight 11:59 p.m. ET)
Students: $450 | Adults: $500

Registration will close on Dec. 27 (midnight 11:59 p.m. ET)


McAlister Auditorium

Furman University
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC 29613

Attendees are responsible for their own housing accommodations.


Upon completion of this form, we will email you a secure link within 1-2 business days to pay your registration fee.

Have questions before registering? Contact the event coordinator here.