I.A.T.S.E Local 55 is a mixed use local stagehand union that was chartered in 1917 and affiliated with the international I.A.T.S.E organization. We are located in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia and serve the Roanoke Valley and surrounding regions. Local 55 was mainly a projectionist's local in the beginning but over the years has transformed into a mixed use member base. Our membership body consists of skilled technicians in areas ranging from stagehands to certified riggers, truck loaders, equipment operators as well as skilled lighting technicians and audio sound engineers.
Some of our members have been affiliated with other I.A.T.S.E. organizations such as LOCALS 487 in Baltimore, MD and LOCALS 479 based in Atlanta, GA. These locals consisting of studio mechanics locals that are affiliated with motion picture technicians.
Local 55 has many experienced stagehands that are well versified in many areas including follow spotlight operators, lighting directors, sound engineers, riggers, truck loaders, equipment operators including forklift, and aerial lifts. We make our best effort to maintain current updated training pertaining to OSHA, ETCP and American Red Cross guidelines and recommendations. Please visit the national affiliations link on our homepage for more information on these organizations.
Our experience over the years includes concert productions, Broadway theatrical productions, Ice show productions, Trade shows, Exhibition productions, Outdoor concert events, Church events, Presidential Inaugurations, Circus productions, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
Local 55 members strive to provide our best efforts while maintaining safety practices at all times. We look forward to working on your production in the near future.