Let’s Hear it for School SPIRIT!

Did you know, not all digital printing has to be done on WHITE?

What better way to say welcome to your new incoming students than a fresh face lift to your auditorium. Our client, Rye Country Day School, wanted to do exactly that for the start of the 2015/2016 school year.

To show the school spirit that Rye Country embodies to each of its students and faculty they wanted their school emblem on display right up front in their auditorium. Instead of having one logo in the center as we have seen at many other facilities our client chose to use the logo as a repeat along the bottom finish of each panel.

The navy logo digitally printed directly on the 22oz Ice Blue Encore. The end result granted a classic feel to this show of school spirit.

Let us help you refresh your auditorium and request a price or even a quick budget here.

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Another NYC High School is has a Functional Theatre!

Yesterday was just another load out from a New York City High School leaving the theatre with all new rigging, a new fire curtain, projection screen, main curtain and valance, stage masking and new track operated window curtains. The school was happy because in addition to looking great, the theatre was now functional and SAFE.


Another Project Complete

What has…..?

13.7 tons of lifting capacity

8,725 linear feet of pipe custom powder coated in three colors

2,450 running feet of curtain track

4,100 yards of fabric

over 2000 concrete anchors

and is 800 miles away from iWeiss?

Answer:   DePaul University Theatre School

iWeiss had the pleasure of providing automation, rigging, and curtains for the newly constructed Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago IL.   We were excited to be working again with Cannon Design and Schuler Shook on this project.

The scope of the work included 18 multi-purpose studios outfitted with pipe grids with perimeter curtains tracks, a black box theatre, a single level lobby pipe grid, and a thrust theatre with 25 axis’ of automation manufactured and controlled by Stage Technologies.   Acoustical clouds designed and built by iWeiss, variable acoustical curtains, manual rigging, and a complete stage curtain package were also part of the project.

The work  required the entire iWeiss staff and was headed up by Senior Project Manager Richard Parks and Associate Project Manager Shannon Sullivan.

The job had a total duration of 23 months from start to finish with multiple trade coordination from the first concrete pour until opening.

We are proud to have been involved with this project and to be a part of the education that DePaul will be able to provide to their students with this new building.

Previous Work with Cannon Design – Roosevelt High School

Previous Work with Schuler Shook – McCaw Hall, David H. Koch Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Boston Opera House, and more..

We’re going back to school with you

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.        

While that may be true – it’s certainly easy enough for someone like Albert Einstein to say.

Back to school season is quickly approaching and you need some new inspiration – are we correct?  While it’s an exciting time for planning and new ideas, it can also be a stressful time for battling with budgets, politics, and red tape.  Keep in mind these simple reminders and iWeiss will help you get it down to a science!

B:  BUDGET.  It doesn’t have to be a scary word; we deal with budgets of all sizes and requests – and don’t be afraid to ask us for one.  Let us help you with your theatrical budget no matter how far in advance it may be; it is what we do.

A:  ARTS.  The arts are our number one priority and iWeiss is lucky to be working in the industry everyday.  We so often read and hear about arts programs being cut from education, but we almost never hear about the schools that are booming nor the students that are thriving within them.  We see great things happening in education and performance venues all over the country.  80% of our business comes from schools and education – don’t get discouraged!  iWeiss is there for you.

C:  CREATE.  The best ideas don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg – not even stage legs!  iWeiss has access to a variety of equipment and fabrics that can enhance your creativity.  We will help you to think outside the box and get what you need.

K:  KNOWLEDGE.  We all know that knowledge is power.  If you don’t know something – simply ask.  If we don’t know, then we will find the answer for you.  Everyone wins!


T:  TACKLE THAT TO-DO LIST.  Feel like you don’t know where to begin with a project or need to brainstorm?  Don’t push it further down the list; discuss it out loud.  We so often speak with customers who simply need to run through an idea or possibility over the phone with us.  Much of the time we can help focus your idea by bringing up a few small points.  Your ideas are never too complicated for us to consider.

O:  OBJECTIVE.  What is your program or production’s objective?  Is there a poetic or symbolic emotion or feeling that you are attempting to convey?  Even in the largest of productions we see unfinished ideas and mere starting points of what is to come; it is a collaborative art form.  Think you can’t just convey a “feeling” or “emotion” to us?  Think again.


S:  SAFETY.  Safety for your school’s students and staff is first and foremost.  It you see something in your space that does not look safe – you can almost guarantee that it is not.  iWeiss is certified in leading you to safety and can offer rigging inspections for record.  Finances should never override safety.

C:  CHALLENGE.  Challenges can be tough, but they can also be exciting to overcome.  If you have a challenge to solve – toss it our way!  If you find a solution – we would love to learn.  Many of our customers have forwarded their solutions from all over the country via Facebook, Instagram, and emailed photos. Allow us post them in order to help others…with your permission and credit, of course!

H:  HELP.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  We often get inquiries from student parents and friends whom are always willing to help out with their child’s arts program.  We love speaking to designers, instructors, and parents alike; you don’t have to do it all by yourself.

O:  OPEN.  Be open to new ideas.  Don’t be afraid to throw around any kind of idea with your colleagues, students, or iWeiss staff.  “Every new idea is an impossibility until it is born.”

O:  OPPORTUNITY.  iWeiss looks at every project, at any stage, as a great opportunity to both provide and to learn with a new customer.  We will always thank you for giving us the opportunity to price, discuss, and assist you in your space.

L:  LEAD.  Whatever you should decide is best for your theatre or arts program – just be the leader.  So much time is spent simply waiting for someone else to make the decision.  If you feel a gut decision is best, chances are it probably is.  You can even contact us to confirm it!

Written by our very own Chris Layton

Project Spotlight – Roosevelt High School

iWeiss is proud to have just completed work at the Roosevelt High School on Long Island. In conjunction with Cannon Design we supplied & installed a JR Clancy Self Climbing Hoist for the front of house and three Power Lifts for the stage. Rounding out the package were a number of regular counter weight sets, front of house torm positions, a movie screen and, of course, no stage would be complete without a full set of our drapery.

The only hitch was a storm named Sandy that delayed the project but the renovation went on after clean up to provide a place for the next generation of theater prospects.  As always, we are very pleased with the outcome.