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Bill
Gorlin, PE, SE

Bill Gorlin, PE, SE, Vice President of McLaren Engineering Group’s Entertainment Division, stands as a driving force in the industry with nearly four decades of expertise spanning thousands of projects worldwide. With a reputation for visionary entertainment engineering and design, Bill revolutionized the audience experience with work on iconic concerts from The Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift, high-flying live performances, entertainment venue design, tv + film, and amusement structures from Orlando to Macau.

McLaren Engineering Group's Vice President of Entertainment, Bill Gorlin, PE, SE

Bill Gorlin, PE, SE, Vice President of McLaren Engineering Group’s Entertainment Division, stands as a driving force in the industry with nearly four decades of expertise spanning thousands of projects worldwide. With a reputation for visionary entertainment engineering and design, Bill revolutionized the audience experience with work on iconic concerts from The Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift, high-flying live performances, entertainment venue design, tv + film, and amusement structures from Orlando to Macau.

In addition to diverse portfolio of never-before-seen engineering marvels, his passion for theater engineering has enabled him to work on over 200 Broadway productions on acclaimed shows such as Chicago, Will Rogers Follies, The Color Purple, The Music Man, King Kong, Merrily We Roll Along, A Bronx Tale, Tina the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Here Lies Love, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, Billy Elliot, Frozen the Musical, Moulin Rouge, Phantom of the Opera, and Beauty and the Beast. He has also played a pivotal role in the structural renovations of 41 Broadway theaters including restorations of historic venues like the Winter Garden Theater, Majestic Theater and Studio 54, Belasco, Longacre, Schoenfeld, James Earl Jones, and Lyric Theaters.

Bill is also renown author, lecturer, and esteemed member of various professional organizations, including the ESTA Rigging Working Group and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Awards

Featured

Backstage Legends and Masters Award

Broadway Technical Theatre History Project in 2024
Engineer of the Year
New York State Society of Professional Engineers in 2018
Distinguished Engineer of the Year
by New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Rockland County Chapter in 2017
Above and Beyond Award – (E1.43 Task Group)
by ESTA, 2016
Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year Award – (E1.21 Task Group)
PLASA North American Regional Board in 2013

Bill Gorlin's Entertainment
Expert Insights

McLaren Engineering Group's Vice President of Entertainment

Credentials For
Bill Gorlin, PE, SE

Education

Master of Engineering
Civil Engineering, Cornell University
Bachelor of Science
Civil Engineering, Cornell University

Licenses

Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in 19 States:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Registered Professional Structural Engineer (SE) in 7 States:

  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Utah

Patents

Organizations / Lectures / Knowledge Panels

Bill is a member of the Plasa North America Rigging Working Group, including serving on its Performer Flying and Temporary Structures Task Groups; American Society of Civil Engineers; Cornell Society of Engineers; and Structural Engineers Association of New York. He has published articles in Architecture Week and in Structural Engineering Forum and is a frequent lecturer at various Universities and industry conventions.

Knowledge Panelist

Speaker / Lectures

  • “Old to New: Façade Restoration, Modernization, and New Opportunities for Historic Theatres” NYC Facades+ Conference, Friday, April 5, 2024
  • “The Art of Temporary Structures” NECSEA 2021 Virtual Conference through Structural Engineers Association of New York, April 7, 2021
  • “Engineering of Temporary Structures” SEAoNY’s (Structural Engineers Association of New York) annual conference, March 11, 2022
  • “Engineering of Temporary Event Structures” Northeast Chapter, National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, April 7, 2021
  • “Indeterminate Structures,” Virtual Sapsis Rigging Inc Event, January 27, 2021
  • Mastermind by Pivot2 guest speaker, November 10, 2019.
  • “Emerging Issues in Entertainment Engineering” New World Rigging Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 14, 2018
  • “Entertaining with Steel, from Theatrical Rigging to Concert Touring Structures”, lecturer at The Steel Conference, San Antonia, TX, March 2017.
  • “Engineering the SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery,” lecturer at National Engineer’s Week, Albany, NY, February 2016.
  • “An Introduction to the Engineering of Entertainment Structures,” lecturer at National Engineer’s Week, Albany, NY, February 2015; DVSEA Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, May 2015; NYSSPE Annual Convention, Lake George, NY, June 2015.
  • “Lightweight Entertainment Structures” Guest Lecturer, Lightweight Structures Class at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, March 27, 2006.
  • “Entertainment Engineering” lecture presented at the Fall 2003, New York State Engineering Technology Association Conference at New York City College of Technology, November 6, 2003.
  • “Structural Engineering for Theater,” Guest Lecturer for Theater Technology II, Class at Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY, each April 2001 through 2013.
  • “Entertainment Engineering” Guest Lecturer, CEE 602 Seminar and Freshman Introductory Seminar, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, October 4, 2001.
  • “Design of Entertainment Devices and Structures,” Lecture Presented at the Annual National Convention, American Society of Civil Engineers, Student Chapters Session, October 23, 1995.
  • “Design of Entertainment Devices and Structures,” Lecture Presented at the Annual Meeting, LDS Engineering Department, May 19, 1995.
  • “Steel Roller Coasters,” Lecture Presented at the Monthly Member Meeting, Structural Engineers Association of Utah, March 16, 1995.
  • “Reply to Technical Question: Base Plate Design for Wide Flange Subjected to Axial and Bending Forces,” Structural Engineering Forum, March 1995.
  • “Design of Roller Coasters,” Computer Technology for Structural Engineers EXPO. Structural Engineers Association of Texas, Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, October 13, 1994.

Publications

  • Author of “Structural Behavior” chapter in Entertainment Rigging for the 21st Century, Ed. Bill Sapsis. Focal Press, 2015.
  •  “Envision Staging-A Mighty Wind (Load),” Live Design, Page 26, October 2008.
  • “Tree Sculpture Engineering,” Architecture Week Online Magazine, Page B1.1, February 13, 2002.

What People Have Said
About Bill Gorlin, PE, SE

Bill Gorlin, PE, SE
In The Media

Insightful Q&A With Award Winning Entertainment Engineer, Bill Gorlin
Lighting and Sound America (February 22, 2024)
McLaren Engineering Group’s William Gorlin PE, SE, to be Honored with “Backstage Legends and Masters” Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadway and Entertainment Engineering
USITT – United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (February 5, 2023)
McLaren Engineering Group Celebrates 40 Years of Applied Ingenuity
ASCE’s Civil Engineering Magazine (September 30, 2019)
McLaren, Wallendas Engineer Entertainment
ENR New York (July 1, 2019)
McLaren Completes Work on Theater with World’s Largest Indoor LED Screen
Civil & Structural Engineer (April 24, 2019)
NYSSPE Names Mclaren Engineering Group’s William Gorlin Engineer of the Year
Modern Steel Construction (June 27, 2018)
McLaren Engineering Group Celebrates 40 Years of Applied Ingenuity
Civil & Structural Engineer (March 30, 2017)
  • “Temporary Structures Need Wind-Load Standards” Engineering News-Record, October 23, 2008.
  • “Tree Sculpture Engineering,” Architecture Week Online Magazine, Page B1.1, February 13, 2002.

Projects Bill Gorlin, PE, SE
Has Been A Part Of

Through his career, he has engineered and overseen thousands of projects involving show action equipment, stage sets, theatrical rigging, entertainment venues, roller coasters and other amusements, and architectural theming. Among these are:

Cirque Du Soleil’s KA - World’s Largest Custom Theatrical Machinery
Sentosa Crane Dance
Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour
Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour
  • The complex heavy stage equipment for Cirque du Soleil’s “KA”, “Zumanity”, “Viva Elvis”, Zarkana”, “Dralion”, and many others
  • The engineering and design of the 80’ tall Sentosa Dancing Cranes in Singapore
  • The engineering and design of the mechanized Kinetic Atrium at the Wynn Casino in Macau
  • Superbowl 35, 38 and 39 Halftime Shows stage designs in Tampa, Houston and Jacksonville
  • David Blaine – Electrified at Pier 54 in New York
  • Electric Zoo 2012
  • Tiffany Blue Book 2013 Structure in Rockefeller Center
  • Performer flying tours for Beyonce’s 2013 tour, Taylor Swift’s 2013 tour, Nickelback’s 2012 tour, and Phish’s New Year’s 2012 with 14-person performer flying; and, most recently, design, review and engineering support for Bon Jovi, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and U2 tour stages.
James Earl Jones Theatre Renaming Ceremony
Metropolitan Opera House Modernization
Springsteen On Broadway
MGM Cotai Theatre announces first residency show
Live Shot of Off Broadway Show - BLINDNESS
Historic Preservation of Broadway's Belasco Theatre_Photo Credit The Shubert Organization
2019-11-13 15.09
Rolling Stones Concert Tours
Tina Turner Live in Concert Tour
McLaren Engineering Group Lends Expert Services to Daring Tightrope Walk in Times Square
Hudson Theatre Renovation - McLaren Engineering Group
Battery Park SeaGlass Carousel Engineering
Lyric Theatre
Helen Hayes Theater 2nd Stage
Mamma Mia Signage

Through his career, he has engineered and overseen thousands of projects involving show action equipment, stage sets, theatrical rigging, entertainment venues, roller coasters and other amusements, and architectural theming. Among these are the complex heavy stage equipment for Cirque du Soleil’s “KA”, “Zumanity”, “Viva Elvis”, Zarkana”, “Dralion”, and many others; the engineering and design of the 80’ tall Sentosa Dancing Cranes in Singapore; the engineering and design of the mechanized Kinetic Atrium at the Wynn Casino in Macau; Superbowl 35, 38 and 39 Halftime Shows stage designs in Tampa, Houston and Jacksonville; David Blaine – Electrified at Pier 54 in New York; Electric Zoo 2012; Tiffany Blue Book 2013 Structure in Rockefeller Center; performer flying tours for Beyonce’s 2013 tour, Taylor Swift’s 2013 tour, Nickelback’s 2012 tour, and Phish’s New Year’s 2012 with 14-person performer flying; and, most recently, design, review and engineering support for Bon Jovi, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and U2 tour stages.