Rick Conte –
studied journalism at the University of Georgia. He moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in 1989 and was hired to provide percussion for a theatrical project with the Edinburgh Puppet Company. He became a puppeteer on that project and has since worked with many of the UK’s prominent theatre companies, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Wee Stories, and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company.
He gained immeasurable performance and practical experience at Edinburgh’s Bongo Club Cabaret 1998-2002. Using characters from Puppet Interventions, a company formed with his colleague Matt Rudkin, Rick addressed the European Conference on Alcohol Policy in Helsinki, Leiden and Warsaw.
In 2006 he began a run of a show developed with Puppetstate Theatre Company, The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono, which has toured the world to such places as the Sydney Opera House and the Lincoln Center in NYC, winning many awards. The Man Who Planted Trees is still touring and in great demand including a residency and Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this December.
In 2013 Rick provided puppet direction for The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s production of Avenue Q at the Edinburgh Fringe and for A Christmas Carol at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, and again for the Lyceum’s 2014 Christmas show, Big Friendly Giant. He facilitated puppetry workshops for the Shanghai American School for their drama festival in February 2014.
Rick was a creator and performer in The Secret Life of Suitcases, a co-production of Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker and the Unicorn Theatre, London, which toured throughout Scotland and had a run at the Unicorn in September 2014. Rick provided puppet direction for the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow’s project On Common Ground for the Commonwealth Games. Rick provided puppet consultancy for Wizard of Oz, directed by Gill Robertson, at the Royal Lyceum and in 2015 played alongside Andy Manley in Catherine Wheels’ White at the New Victory in New York.
He also performs at the Happy Clap Trap Cabaret in Brighton with his puppet comperes Derick and Natasha, the Red Squirrell.
Conte’s jaunty puppet work with the dog, this is a multi-sensual and visually witty hour of children’s theatre.” The Stage