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Theater Safety Standards

The ESTA suite takes its place among a "fabric" of consensus documents that set the standard of care for a facility class that is growing in demand and complexity.


Theater Safety Standards

July 1, 2019
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Set design model by Marcel Jambon for an 1895 Paris production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello.


“We have art in order not to perish from the truth”

— Friedrich Nietzsche


Significant resources of the education industry are devoted to the arts; dramatic and other cultural performance arts among them.  The demand for live events in college towns is gathering pace; owed somewhat to an older demographic that prefers expanded social interaction to the online entertainment offerings that the younger demographic prefers*.  We see an expansion of the market in the construction of architecturally astonishing buildings.

Our interest lies in the complex safety and sustainability characteristics of the physical infrastructure — with particular interest in the fire protection, environmental air and electrotechnologies required to make them safe and sustainable.

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association is one of the first names in trade associations that supports the business of show business through networking, safe practices, education, and representation.  We follow the standards making activity of its technical committees and monitor public commenting opportunities.  ESTA releases markups of its consensus products for public comment at a fairly brisk pace; one of them  a number of redlines for public comment; listed below:

E1.4-2: Entertainment Technology – Statically Suspended Rigging Systems

E1.30: Identification of Draft Device Description Language Modules

E1.59: , Entertainment Technology–Object Transform Protocol

E1.30: Time Reference in ACN Systems Using SNTP and NTP

E1.27: Entertainment Technology — Recommended Practice for Permanently Installed Control Cables for Use with DMX512-A Products

Comment periods run from June 22nd through July 2nd.

A complete description of title, scope and purpose, along with review drafts and comment forms are available at the link below:

ESTA Public Review Drafts

We encourage our colleagues in school districts and in colleges and universities large and small; with responsibilities for the safety and sustainability of cultural resource properties, media centers, performance venues to participate in the ESTA technical standards development program.  We follow the leading practice discovery processes of nearly all of the 300 ANSI accredited standards developers every day — many of them known to design professionals and facility managers.   For the size of the market it serves, the ESTA consensus product development enterprise is one of the best in the land.  Get to know it before something bad happens.

You may communicate directly with ESTA at the link below:

TSP Staff 

We usually refer electrotechnology standard commenting opportunities to the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets four times per month in European and American time zones. We also devote one hour every month to Arts & Events Standards.  See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference, always at 11 AM Eastern time; always using the same login credentials and always open to everyone.


Issue: [Various]

Category: Electrical, Arts & Entertainment Facilities

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Mike Hiler, Nehad El-Sherif

ARCHIVE: Engagement and Advocacy Action with ESTA 2015 – 2019



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The original University of Michigan codes and standards advocacy enterprise interviewed an ESTA affiliate in 2015:


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