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. He gained immeasurable performance and practical experience at Edinburgh’s Bongo Club Cabaret 1998-2002 and has since worked with many of the UK’s prominent theatre companies, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Puppetstate Theatre Company, Shona Reppe Puppets and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company.
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, NYC, winning many awards. The Man Who Planted Trees is still touring and Rick continues to be the man behind dog.
This past Christmas, Rick was delighted to perform Shona Reppe’s Cinderella at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Rick and Shona hope to follow Cinderella to more venues in the future.
Autumn 2015 Rick was lucky enough to play the role of Wrinkles along side Andy Manley’s Cotton in Catherine Wheels Theatre Company’s White at the New Victory 42nd St Studio Theater in NYC.
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 provided puppet direction for the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow’s project On Common Ground for the Commonwealth Games. He provided puppet consultancy for Wizard of Oz, directed by Gill Robertson, at the Royal Lyceum.
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. Rick may still sometimes be spotted with the ever rare 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