After studying engineering and training in stage management at LAMDA, David Edelstein began his career working in repertory theatre, moving to the National Theatre in stage and then production management from its opening in 1976. David founded Triple E Ltd in 1983 and has since designed and developed a number of innovative, award-winning products for the stage, which are now used on a global basis and accepted as entertainment industry standards. Having joined the ABTT Council in 1998, David aims to contemporise the image and widen the appeal of the Association during his Chairmanship, thus encouraging younger members and promoting new technology.
Until the end of 2000, Mark White was a member of the team of theatre consultants at the Royal Opera House and in October 2000 joined ETC as a Sales Manager. Having worked in the theatre industry since 1985, Mark's career has included the development of bespoke lighting and control equipment for well-known shows including Cats and Phantom of the Opera. He has also designed lighting and effects for major exhibitions and displays, including Eurodisney and his extensive knowledge and experience will prove invaluable to the ABTT. Ric Green, Operations and Technical Director at Opera North, was elected as the vice-chairman, whilst Colin Simon, who has been Honorary Treasurer for the past 10 years, has elected to stand down but will remain in post until a new Honorary Treasurer is appointed.
The Association is independent of managements, unions and suppliers, and application for membership of the ABTT is invited from all who assist the performer in a technical, craft or administrative capacity and/or all those using theatre techniques for presentation to an audience.