Tracy Nunnally has worked in professional theatre for almost thirty years. His contributions include all aspects of theatre automation, motion control, rigging, pyrotechnics, special effects, scenery construction, and technical design.
Tracy is an active member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and a lifetime member of the Illinois Theatre Association (ITA). He is also a voting member of the ANSI accredited ESTA Technical Standards Program Rigging Working Group, which is responsible for developing standards and recommended practices that facilitate the use of new and existing equipment and promoting safe working conditions in the entertainment industry. He was one of the first forty-five professional riggers to be certified by the ESTA Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) in both theatrical and arena rigging. He also is an ETCP recognized trainer and an ETCP recognized employer.
As a full professor at Northern Illinois University, Tracy heads the Design and Technology Area, the graduate theatre technology program, and the B.A. Theatre Studies program for the School of Theatre and Dance.
Tracy’s special interest is rigging and is the owner and president of Vertigo™ (formerly Hall Associates Flying Effects), a special effects rigging company. Through Vertigo, Tracy provides flying effects for over two hundred productions per year, including numerous productions of Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, Angels in America, Seussical, and A Christmas Carol.
Tracy’s most notable professional credits include the Broadway tours of Camelot, Dr. Dolittle, Tarzan, and 9 to 5, as well as the Broadway productions of Curtains and Medea. Tracy’s work frequently takes him across the United States, as well as to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In addition to his professional work, Tracy presents an annual master class, TOP Flight, on performer rigging, as well as numerous workshops and master classes for LDI, USITT, SETC, URTA, and numerous EdTA festivals across the country.