In Memoriam: Jay Glerum

Jay Glerum
Jay Glerum

Former faculty member and alumnus Jay Glerum (BFA ’63, MFA ’69) passed away on June 26, 2014. Many will remember Jay as Technical Director and faculty member at the School of Drama from 1986-1992. All in the theatre community will remember Jay, if not as a personal friend, than for his contributions to improving backstage safety for theatrical riggers and stagehands. Jay wrote the definitive book on theatrical rigging, Stage Rigging Handbook. He was inducted as a Fellow of USITT (US Institute of Theatre Technology) in 1995. During his professional career, Jay also held Technical Director positions at Marquette University and Seattle University.

Friends and colleagues of Jay have written tributes, which you can read here and here.

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