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Josh Rice

JOSH RICE is a multidisciplinary theatre artist specializing in puppetry. Credits: Dan Hurlin's Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (Bard SummerScape, Holland Festival); Shank's Mare (La MaMa, Japan tour, Hawaii tour, U.S. tour); Petrushka with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra (The Barbican); The Scarlet Ibis (HERE); and his own work, The Marooned at the New York State Puppet Festival and Puppet Blok! at Dixon Place; The VaudeVillains and Composite Portrait at La MaMa; The Tempest, directed at Shake on the Lake and Sarah Lawrence College. Most recently, Josh relocated from NYC to his hometown when he was awarded a Wyoming Country Rural Arts Initiative Grant to start a theatre in an abandoned main street storefront in Perry, NY—Theatre@37—which is the home of the New York State Puppet Festival. He is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Shake on the Lake, a not-for- profit, summer, touring theatre festival in Silver Lake, NY, that specializes in fast, physical, and accessible adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, incorporating simple performer-driven spectacle, puppetry, live music, improvisation, and audience interaction. He is a Teaching Artist with the New Victory Theater and Young Audiences of WNY. He also founded and directs The Mnemonic Theatre Project, a puppetry program for seniors living with alzheimer’s and dementia, which has been featured on the PBS documentary series, Visionaries. Josh and his work has received numerous grants from NYSCA, and in 2014, he was awarded a Creative Community Fellowship through National Arts Strategies.