History of TSSI

Bob Bayer

Robert F. Bayer

After a technical and engineering career in military and commercial electronics and a career in Broadway Theatre automated staging and rigging on sets that won a Tony Award, Robert F. Bayer (Bob), in 1969, incorporated Theatrical Services & Supplies, Inc.

TSSI initially engaged exclusively in the installation and service of college & school theatre equipment. By 1970, TSSI produced its first of many mail order catalogues and marketed an ever expanding selection of lighting, scenic, audio and rigging supplies. By 1975, the catalogue, which had expanded to include professional theatre audio and dimming equipment, was being printed for multiple theatrical companies around the country.

The service department was expanded in the 1980's to include the design and installation of theatre dimming and audio systems. Ever evolving and incorporating the latest in theatre safety and technology, in 1985 TSSI opened its own drapery fabrication shop and a Research & Development facility. With its own drapery shop, all stage drapery was being produced in house. The R&D facility enabled the creation of a host of specialty products for Theatre, TV and Industry. One, the Safe Sets Rigging system, received a US patent in 1991. This system incorporated a variety of sensing and control functions that enabled the safe use of moving rigging in public schools. Any overload or underload or excessive speed would halt the movement until properly corrected.

TSSI has, since 1985, been the most prolific designer of dimming, audio rigging and AV systems anywhere for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut colleges and public schools.

The late 1990's brought new venues for TSSI with the addition of a full multimedia sales and service department. They were a factory authorized service center for Proxima, NEC, InFocus and ASK projectors. TSSI also started a turnkey AV Design service that integrated smart podiums with telescoping projectors, motorized screens, automated stage drapery, house lighting, sound systems, computer input, DVD and touch screens to control all of it with a single touch of the screen.

By 2008, TSSI was researching, gathering and developing a line of High Efficiency LED Lighting with full dimming capabilities and DMX control for energy conservation, elimination of maintenance and safety in theatre stage and house lighting as well as for conference rooms and business and industrial spaces.

That line of LED lighting is now being introduced to the world along with Long-term Lease Purchase Funding for any school or business that needs it. The lighting pays for itself and much more.

Theatrical Services & Supplies, Inc. PO Box 12245 Hauppauge, NY 11788 tel: (631) 873-4790 fax: (631) 873-4795