The Flushing Town Hall Family: Introducing Mike Riggs

This riggs headshotfall, we would like to introduce you to our family, the folks who make Flushing Town Hall tick. You may know some of them, or simply see them hard at work making sure you enjoy a great show, program and workshop.

But rather than just share their bios with you, we thought we’d have some fun, and so we posed a bunch of offbeat questions to the staff. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Mike Riggs.

Mike keeps the sound, lighting, and video systems working, and helps Flushing Town Hall’s artists and renters get the most out of the space’s technical capabilities. He started as the resident lighting designer in 2001, and took on the production manager job about five years ago.

What is your favorite feature of Flushing Town Hall?

The architecture.

What childhood hobby did you enjoy the most?


What’s your hobby now?


What’s your favorite song?

“Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen.

If you could bring ANY performer to Flushing Town Hall – with cost and space not being a factor – who would it be?

k.d. lang

What were your best and worst subjects in school?

I was good at english, history, and humanities.  I was terrible at math and science — though I aced three units of physics: statics, optics, and electrics.  I guess that was a predictor of my future.

What is your secret pleasure?

Binge TV

If you could be a superhero, who would it be?

I would have to create my own character.

When you step away for a bite to eat in Flushing, where do you crave going to?

I hate to admit this, but I crave getting out of Flushing!  I do like the asian food options around here, but if I have a craving it’s going to be for a good pub meal.

What’s performance (or, exhibition, if appropriate) made the biggest impression on you?


Who was – or is – your role model for a life well-lived?

Everyone I meet is a role model in one way or another.

Mac or PC?

Mac — even before it was cool.

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