Providing Professional Entertainment Technical Personnel in RI


Welcome to the homepage of Local #23 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.  For 126 years, we have been the crew working behind the scenes in several venues across Rhode Island such as….


– The Providence Performing Arts Center 
– The Dunkin Donuts Center
– Veterans Memorial Auditorium
– Rhode Island Convention Center
– The Ryan Center at URI Kingston, RI
– Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI
– Bold Point Concert Venue, East Providence, RI

We also have members that have completed the entertainment technician certification program or the ETCP.

We provide individuals skilled and certified in all departments of show production areas including wardrobe references with IATSE Local 830

Contact our Business Agent Charles Ryan by email:
or use the contact form on this site
to discuss what we can do for you.
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10th Annual Metal for M.S.

The annual Metal for M.S. Show, put on by our friend Adam “pickles” Piselli is a GO!!!. It’s September 10th 2021, it all goes down at 70 James street Worcester MA. Doors are at 6, LIM-IT-ED tickets will be sold at the gate, LIM-IT-ED, get there EARLY, they’ll be gone before you know it . Its also a 21+ event so bring an I.D.

Loaded with Local Bands, opening with Texas Death Match and caps an epic show off with D.R.I. (the dirty rotten imbeciles) with a raffle to happen at free random some point during the night. Get there, Have fun before we get back to work.

Drop me a line, contact our friend Pickles or visit our PUBLIC facebook page for more info on the event.

Hope for the future

News change

Pandemic News has and will continue to change drastically until the powers that be decide that this terrible pandemic that has caused massive damage from coast to coast and country to country is over. A small nugget of hopeful news is that state regulations have allowed the extended PUA (pandemic unemployment assistance) program to expand to a total of 79 weeks. 79 weeks takes the program all the way to September of 2021. September is also the time that our industry is SLATED, I use the term as a loose representation of things to come, SLATED to return to full capacity. See this link for more information directly from the DLT

As we all know and lived through the last 15 months, the news and the science can change overnight. Please, for the sake of everyone you know, we urge you to get your vaccine. Vaccine sites are plentiful and now is a better time than ever, there are monetary incentives everywhere. Why not take advantage of it and get some free coffee, some states are even having a million dollar lottery. And in this writers own personal opinion, what better of an incentive than to return to a normal life. Stay strong, its almost over……..

No One Is Perfect ……

There was a mail in ballot sent to you postmarked May 13th in regards to the current vote on a change to the way we handle healthcare. Under further inspection it was discovered that the ballot contains a date typo. It states that the ballot must be in by May 14th, which is impossible. The actual due date for the ballot to be in the union P.O. Box is JUNE 18th.

If any questions, Or if you haven’t received your ballot yet contact David Allen by your usual means of contact or by this site at

New Material

This website has a regularly updated feed from our Locals Facebook page with quick snippets of information pertaining to the local scene of our industry. I do realize that not everyone is on the various forms of social media, so some might encounter trouble seeing posts. If you’re having any trouble at all seeing things then please drop me a line so I can sort it out with the Facebook settings, every post on that feed is set to public viewing permissions, if you’re having problems, I’m here to help.


Don’t throw away your shot….

Vaccination efforts have FINALLY been released to the hospitality and event worker category. The local news reports difficulties in obtaining an appointment to get a Covid vaccine but here are some links to a few different sites that should be productive. – an extremely broad search engine encompassing a reach of 100 miles. Only lists appointments that are available up to two weeks in advance. By far the easiest site to book an appointment based on your availability thatI’ve encountered yet. – Leave your name and number and well call you back. In other words, it’s a signup list. Answer a few questions and they’ll notify you when your availability opens up – allows you to search for appointments by zip code, however, seems to require a username signup. – Appointments fill up fast, checking every few hours resulted in a few openings. – Currently only offering vaccines to individuals 60 and older or with underlying health conditions

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, so don’t throw it away

– Alexander Gretzky Hamilton