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Richard Cadena is an ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician and an ETCP Recognized Trainer with 38 years of experience in the entertainment lighting industry. He is the author of:

     “Electricity for Entertainment Electricians & Technicians, 3rd Edition”

     “Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light, 3rd Edition”

     “Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship”

     “Focus on Lighting Technology”

He is also the technical editor for Lighting&Sound America and a columnist for Lighting & Sound America, Lighting & Sound International, and Protocol magazines. As a freelance lighting designer and lighting consultant he has worked on concert tours, television, theatre, motion picture productions, and he has designed dozens of lighting systems for permanent installations. He is a member of IATSE Local 205 in good standing. Current and former clients include Cirque du Soleil, Carnival Cruise Lines, SeaWorld, Saturday Night Live, NBA, IATSE Locals 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 16, 58, 479, and more.


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Richard Cadena provides ETCP Recognized training for professionals and aspiring professionals, including stage hands, technicians, electricians, designers, programmers, systems integrators, engineers, consultants, and more, in every aspect of live event production.


"I loved this class! It is a great overview of what I may be learning and coming across in the field, which is exactly what I wanted from it."

- Diana Thatcher, 2018


"I absolutely enjoyed the course. Richard is a great instructor. I can tell he is passionate about the material and he puts a lot of effort to teach others."

- Imani Clark, 2018


"Great presentation. Good positive energy throughout all three days without shorting out. Stayed amped-up from load-in to load-out!"

- Kelley Kippen, 2018


“The best professional training seminar I have ever attended.” - Jared Moore, IATSE Local 476, Chicago


“You successfully transmitted a really large body of knowledge. Well done!" - Charles Green


“That was 400 amps of knowledge through a 16-gauge wire.” - Joe Swift, 2018

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