David Ripley Head of the Technical Support Department at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London started in sound, then stage, followed by LX and finally Production Management.
He has done stints as a consultant on various projects and contributed towards National Standards in various things. He is a member of the ABTT and has been a member of the ASD and ALD. He is on the PLASA’s board currently representing the organisational members.
In 2004 working with LeMark, he won the ABTT Widget of the Year for the ‘BAR-FLY’ a method of carrying CAD information onstage, for flying systems allowing planning of the rig and simple identification of a bar’s contents both currently and for the next show.
He has been running cad4theatre since 2000, providing AutoCAD Training for the Theatre and Entertainment Industries in the UK and further afield.
Having worked in the industry for over 30 years in most areas and most parts of the UK. He originally started learning AutoCAD through evening classes because he didn’t get a job that required it. After two years he emerged with the City and Guilds Draughting with AutoCAD (2D, 3D and Advanced) qualification.