Welcome to 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 prevent these miscommunications 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. Groups are even encouraged to 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. The rigging for performer flying 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. Vet them. Hire professionals…like us!

About Troy

Troy has dedicated himself to theatrical pursuits since graduating Indiana University. He began in theater as a performer but was always sought for his abilities as a technician. As a flying director and ETCP Certified Rigger – Theatre, Troy realizes the balance between working as a technician and artist where the disciplines of physics and art come together in performer flying. He was the resident scenic designer for the Lilly Theatre at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum from 2015-2018, and held the title of Technical Director at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater from 2005-2015. He has traveled extensively as a flying director for Vertigo.

He formed Troy Trinkle, LLC in 2013 and has been producing flying effects for many Midwestern High Schools and Theaters for over a decade. Troy is a member of NAAFED, North American Association of Flying Effects Directors, and the Educational Theatre Association, EdTA.

“Flying by Troy” is the moniker he uses for the producing performer flying effects. Flying by Troy promotes safer flying by educating producing groups of the technical and logistical challenges that performer flying adds to a production, committing to continued, thorough training of their flying directors, and adhering to industry standards for performer flying.

Our Gear

We don’t manufacture our equipment. We provide manual performer flying systems that are assembled 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 will soon be the accepted standards and practices for the entire industry. Flying by Troy is 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)


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

Flying By Troy’s reputation for safety and collaboration has increased their demand. They are sought by theaters around across the continent to fly characters and props.