Providing Professional Entertainment Technical Personnel in RI

We are Local #23 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. For 124 years, we are the crews who have been working behind the scenes,  at

– Providence Performing Arts Center
– Dunkin Donuts Center
– Veterans Memorial Auditorium
– Rhode Island Convention Center

other venues throughout Rhode Island

-The Ryan Center at URI Kingston, RI
-Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI
-Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI


We provide professionals skilled in

-Wardrobe with IATSE Local 830


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AV Essentials Course, free to Local 23 members, limited space available

Local 11 JACET and the IATSE Training Trust Fund is hosting the AV Essentials course on February 26th – March 1st at the BCEC (room TBA). This class is free to attend for all Local 11 members.  Local 23 Providence members are invited, space permitting.  Please RSVP by email, to 

Bryan Ritchie

 if you are interested in attending and we will send you the registration information.


AV Essentials is a four-day, live class that covers basic setup, audio operation and troubleshooting, projection, presentation files, and audiovisual networks typical in breakout rooms. Students are given a written exam and presentation set-up exercise to perform as final exams. Class size is limited to 28 students per class and daily attendance is mandatory. Class days are 8-10 hours long and the online courses must be completed within six months.


After the hands-on class, students have six months to complete the following AVIXA online courses for the certificate program:

  • Quick Start to the AV Industry
  • Essentials of AV Technology for IATSE
  • AV Math for IATSE
  • Event Set-up for IATSE

These online courses give live event professionals an overview of the AV industry, science, and vocabulary of audiovisual systems, while “AV math” helps eliminate system setup guess work. After successfully completing AV Essentials and the set of AVIXA online courses, students receive an AVIXA/IATSE TTF Live Event Technician Certificate.