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Richard W. Parks
Vice President, ETCP, OSHA, FDNY
(201) 402-6461

Richard Parks joined iWeiss in 2001 bringing with him professional experience from his work as a longtime member of IATSE local 635 and as a head carpenter at a Florida sceneshop specializing in Corporate Productions. In his tenure at iWeiss, he has earned the title of Vice President and is responsible for overseeing all of our historical renovations, and many custom automation, custom rigging and specialized curtain projects on national and international scale. Richard is an ETCP certified theatrical rigger, grew up in North Carolina and now resides in Park Ridge, NJ. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Russ Dusek
Project Manager - Chicago/Mid-West Region
Chicago Office
(708) 435-4162

Russ graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in Technical Theatre.  Before coming to iWeiss in 2013, he spent 25 years in the field both installing and project managing large scale rigging projects.  Russ is based in our Chicago office and has direct oversight over all iWeiss’ Midwestern and Western US projects.  Additionally, he supervises all of iWeiss' work with Century Aviation in the installation of full size aircraft. Russ is an ETCP certified rigger and serves on the ETCP test writing committee and is a voting member of ESTA’s Rigging Working Group which writes entertainment industry ANSI standards.

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Shannon Sullivan
Project Manager, OSHA
(201) 402-6472

After leaving the State University of New York at Albany, Shannon worked at various venues like Syracuse Stage, New World Stages and as a technical designer with JR Clancy. At iWeiss she worked on the growth of our drafting department in addition to all field operations scheduling which she oversees. Shannon also manages a number of projects each year, some of note being the DePaul School of Theatre, The Loew’s Kings Theatre and Liberty School of Music in Lynchburg VA. Shannon is ETCP and OSHA certified.


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David Crouse
Project Manager, OSHA
(201) 402-6474

David has always found pleasure enabling artist to work their craft, whether realizing public sculptures or managing the construction of grand opera productions. With over 20 years of professional experience in the arts and entertainment fields, David has been instrumental in a variety of projects both domestic and international. This experience has provided a thorough understanding of the staging and rigging needs of theatrical productions in both traditional and arena settings.

David grew up in Florida and received a BFA in technical theater from the University of Florida. His professional career has taken him to many places, but much of it was at Seattle Opera Scenic Studios. After meeting his wife, with whom he now has a son; David left his beloved Pacific Northwest. Once on the east coast he continued developing his skills in NYC before finding his new home at iWeiss. His role here as Project Manager brings together all of the skills and experience he has acquired over the years. When working on the drapery and rigging for a renovation or for new construction David is honored to provide the infrastructure for that next great work.

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Alex Ruta
Project Manager
(201) 402-6462

Alex started at iWeiss in the fabrication shop in 2012. With a background in commercial cellular rigging, his skillset easily translated to theatrical rigging and fabrication. After some time as a fabricator, he moved into the role of Steel Shop Manager. During his tenure as manager, Alex continued to educate himself in theatrical rigging and after a brief hiatus, he returned to iWeiss as an Associate Project Manager. Specializing in rigging renovations and stage curtains in educational facilities and public schools, Alex became a Project Manager in 2015. In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathleen, as well as his dog, Atticus, and are happily awaiting the arrival of their first child, Charlotte, expected in September 2016.

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Nicole Deida
Jr. Project Manager OSHA
(201) 402-6467

Before joining iWeiss Nicole, earned her BS in Construction Engineering Technology at NJIT,  while in school she worked as a stagehand and a freelancer after graduating.  She brings an interest in rigging and a thirst for learning which we are excited to nurture. When not in the office she is busy staying in shape and will continue as a freelance stage hand to keep her hands dirty. 

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Alberto Martinez
Steel Shop Foreman
(201) 402-6460

Originally a barber, in 2013 Alberto finally decided to  enroll himself in Hohokus School of Technical Sciences and Trade, with a focus in Manufacturing Tech to pursue a lifelong passion. Upon graduating, he took several jobs, most notably with a glass company where he fabricated Store fronts, railings, and Custom café walls, and with a Structural steel company that was part of a collective to fabricate I-beams for the Freedom Tower.  Now, he is very happy to be part of the team here at iWeiss as the Steel shop Manager. Outside of iWeiss, Alberto is a huge sports fan. His favorite teams are the Jets, Mets and Knicks(he knows).