Darren Yazel

ETCP Certified Rigger/Technician

Darren Yazel is responsible for the rigging portion of all Paragon projects. Darren was born in Kansas City, MO and has been a part of Kansas City’s Local 31 since 1983. He spent over 10 years working for the Kansas City Ballet. His professional rigging career started in 1992 and during his 20 years of rigging with the Local 31, he has rigged over 1,000 concerts at multiple venues in Kansas City and across the Midwest. His run with Local 31 has brought him over 29 years of industry experience with traveling Broadway musicals, concerts, corporate meetings, car shows, tradeshows, pageants, presidential appearances, church productions and installations.

Darren first hooked up with Brawner & Associates/Paragon 360™ through Donnie Brawner in 1997 on Wal-Mart corporate meeting projects. Darren was officially added to the Paragon crew in 2001.  He has been part of over 100 projects with Paragon from theatrical installations, to live event production work, rigging work, church installations and project management.

Paragon takes the rigging part of their projects very seriously as it relates to the safety of clients and their audiences. Darren is one of very few ETCP Certified Riggers in the United States. The intent of the rigging examinations is to evaluate and validate the knowledge and skill base of the upper third of riggers working in the entertainment industry. These positions typically involve the health and safety of technicians, performers, and audiences and require compliance with OSHA and other laws. Those who pass this rigorous test will become ETCP Certified Riggers and are recognized by industry professionals as the industry’s best.

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