About the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

We’ve been behind the scenes since 1894. Since the early days of the musical and the dawn of the film age, we have created indelible images; entertaining the world for generations. We are the brothers and sisters of IATSE Local 26.

Men & Women in Black Who Work to bring Production to Life

Our professional stagehands are uniquely skilled in many facets of production: from lighting, audio, video, scenery and rigging, to hair, makeup and wardrobe; from production management and special event coordination, to corporate industrial videos, trade shows and major motion pictures.

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Education & Training

Local 26 offers a variety of classes to its members and referents as well as maintains a library available for their use.

Application for Referral List

We are accepting applications for our Referral List. Please stop by our office to fill out the appropriate paperwork to be placed on our Probationary List.

Local 26 Informational Blog

Here you’ll find upcoming social events, educational spotlights, and general information we feel may be of interest to members and referents.

We are the Men & Women in Black Who Work to bring Production to Life

Photo Gallery

Our photo gallery illustrates our Local 26 family hard at work, as well as examples of various shows and other productions we have brought to life and some of our community service efforts. Local 26 can be found working concerts, Broadway plays, Opera, Ballet, Symphony, corporate events, hockey games, professional wrestling, political appearances, and even the occasional wedding.

If you are an IATSE 26 worker and have photos you would like to contribute to this or any other gallery on our website, please send them to our main email address (mail@iatse26.org) with the subject line “Photos for Website”. All submitted photos are subject to approval by the Website Committee, Executive Board, and/or Business Agent of Local 26. Photos of shows taken without permission from the production, or photos taken that could present a danger to either the photographer, other workers, or the audience will not be used. Please be responsible and use common sense while taking photographs. Thank you.

Please also take a look at the time-lapse video (below) showing exactly how Local 26 transforms an arena into a production ready for the public to enjoy.

What do stagehands do?

This is it in a nutshell. On May 30, 2008, Tom Petty played VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. With permission from the production, Local 26 recorded a time-lapse video starting with the empty room first thing in the morning and ending just prior to doors opening to the public to illustrate how a show comes together.