Ed Weingart

Flying Director

Ed began his education in the US Army where he served as a Military Policeman before working as a sound engineer and a musician for the 102d Army Band.

While working as a precision instrument repair technician at Meegan Tool Sales, Ed developed expertise in machining, fabrication, and electronics. After years in the Army and working with tools that measure in the millionths of inches, Ed traded micrometers for tape measures and earned his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Sound Design followed by a Master’s in Fine Arts in Technical Direction from The University of Connecticut.

After finishing graduate school, Ed became the Technical Director at the Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse and then the Technical Director at The Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

During his time in Michigan, Ed also worked as technical director at The Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Michigan, The Jewish Theatre Ensemble, West Bloomington, Michigan, and the University of Michigan. He also worked as a freelance arena rigger in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. Not long afterwards, Ed became a professor at Michigan State University, teaching Technical Direction.

In addition to working as a Flying Director for Vertigo, Ed is now an Assistant Professor of Technical Direction at The University of Connecticut where he runs the Technical Direction MFA program. He is a certified Rigger in Theater by the Entertainment Technician Certification Program and works with automation equipment as often as possible.

When he’s not working, Ed tries to spend as much time as possible with his wonderful wife and their amazing daughter.