Our Philosophy

At Flying by Troy, we’re committed to providing exceptional quality performer flying effects while also fostering a better understanding of the process. From concept to closing night, the flying effects must be considered first and foremost. Mounting a show that includes performer flying can be a daunting task for even the most experienced production teams. We enjoy developing strong working collaborations with production teams of all sizes and experience levels to create a cohesive final product.

Successful performer flying is more than just suspending a performer in the air. Achieving performer flight that supports the story and scenic design without sacrificing other production values is the ultimate goal. Miscommunication or misunderstanding between the producing company and the performer flying professionals will cause serious, expensive problems. We strive to foster better communication by promoting appreciation of the technical challenges involved with staging a production involving performer flying.

We strongly encourage all groups considering flying to consult with a flying professional in the initial planning phase. You can call us at (317) 509-3220 for general information and visit our FAQs page for answers to commonly asked questions.

While we are huge proponents of educating and training our clients throughout the rehearsal process, it should be understood that any materials or demonstrations provided by Flying By Troy are not intended to instruct or teach individuals how to fly other people. Performer flying rigging is very specific and requires specialized training. There are no certifications for performer flying. The best evidence for identifying a performer flying professional is education, experience, reputation and endorsements. Do not attempt to fly people on your own. Hire professionals…like us!

Our Gear

We are not a manufacturer. We assemble manual performer flying systems from off the shelf products developed for a variety of industries. When gear is considered, it must meet the rigorous standards of the performer flying industry. We custom design each system to achieve the desired flying effects. Manual systems motivated by stage crew can usually achieve the desired flying effects for most traditional shows. The flying effects industry as a whole recently solidified standards for performer flying through Plasa. These standards are the accepted standards and practices for the entire industry. We are committed to adopting the Plasa standards.

Our Venues

Flying By Troy has produced flying effects in the following Indiana venues

High Schools

Carmel High School, Westfield High School, Pendleton High School, North Central High School (Indianapolis), Greenfield High School, Danville High School, Perry Meridian High School (Greenwood), Cathedral High School (Indianapolis), Maconaquah High School (Kokomo), University High School (Indianapolis), Brownsburg High School, Avon High School, Logansport High School, Park Tudor High School (Indianapolis), Heritage Christian High School (Indianapolis), Northwestern High School (Kokomo), McCutheon High School (West Lafayette), Lafayette Jefferson High School, Pike High School (Indianapolis), Short Ridge High School (Indianapolis), Carroll High School (Fort Wayne)

Community Theaters

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Wabash Area Community Theatre, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre (Carmel), Foot Lite Community Theatre (Indianapolis), Muncie Civic Theatre, Hendricks Civic Theatre, Tipton Civic Theatre, Richmond Civic Theatre

Mary Poppins

Professional Theaters

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre (Indianapolis), Myers Dinner Theatre (Hillsboro), Lilly Theatre at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Derby Dinner Play House (Clarksville), Wagon Wheel Theatre (Warsaw), Cardinal Stage Company (Bloomington)

Universities

Indiana University (Bloomington), Ball State University (Muncie), IUPUI (Fort Wayne), Saint Francis University (Fort Wayne), Vincennes University, Butler University (Indianapolis), Marian University (Indianapolis)

Our reputation for safety and collaboration has increased the demand for our services. Flying By Troy is sought by theaters across the continent to fly characters and props.