Joe Champelli 
Workshop leader I can Fly, how to fly people in the entertainment industry  
Joe Champelli is the Assistant Professor of Entertainment Technology for the Theatre Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville Tennessee, USA.  He holds a bachelorís degree in Theatre with a production emphasis from Illinois State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Technical Production from Penn State University. Recently Joe has provided special effects rigging design and manufacturing assistance on the Clarence Brown Theatre productions of Into The Woods and A Christmas Carol.  Professor Champelli teaches a variety of Entertainment Technology classes including Automated Rigging, Live Performer Flying, Technical Direction and Advanced Scenery Technology. 

Joe is also co-founder of Fisher Technical Services, Inc., a company specializing in automated machinery for theatre, theme parks, and film.  Joe continues to serve on the board of directors for Fisher Technical and takes an active role in winch design, customer sales and marketing.  Recent projects with Fisher Technical include the chandelier for Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian Hotel; Le Reve at the Wynn hotel; the flight of Tinker Bell in Anaheim, and the films Spiderman 2 and 3.  Joe is also a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). 

Joe began his career in Las Vegas working on the production team for the Buccaneer Bay Pirate Battle at Treasure Island (TI) and Cirque Du Soleilís Mystere also at Treasure Island. Other professional credits include rigging design for Sunset Boulevard at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles, mechanical effects design for Siegfried and Roy, and rigger/detailer for Flying By Foy. 

Professor Champelli possesses extensive experience in flying and automation technologies. He has produced more than 100 such projects that include flying systems, underwater effects, and automated scenery projects.  His credits include working with entertainment companies such as Disney, SeaWorld, Cirque de Soleil, Siegfried and Roy, Blue Man Group, the Bellagio Hotel Casino, and the world tours of Cher, the Back Street Boys and Gloria Estefan.   

June 2006