Josh Rice

Performance Ensemble - BA International Performance Ensemble

JOSH RICE is a New York-based theatre artist specializing in physical performance, improvisation, and puppetry.  Original work includes: (Almost Definitely) Questionable Acts with his company, Questionable Acts Theatre, at the NYC Clown Theatre Festival, the New Orleans Fringe Festival, and the Physical Festival (Chicago, IL); The Vaudevillains at the first annual La MaMa Puppet Slam. Puppetry credits: Petrushka with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra (London tour); Shank's Mare at La MaMa, ETC; The Scarlet Ibis at HERE Arts Center; Jewel Casket at Dixon Place; and Janie Geiser’s Reptile Under the Flowers at St. Ann’s Warehouse. He is excited to be collaborating with Dan Hurlin on his new Italian Futurist puppet piece based on the works of Depero premiering in 2017. Josh has collaborated on projects with David Neumann, Geoff Sobelle, Tom Lee, and Kristin Marting. He is a Teaching Artist with Sarah Lawrence College, the New Victory Theater, and CultureHub NYC/La Mama. Josh is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Shake on the Lake, an outdoor summer theatre festival in his hometown of Silver Lake, NY.  Josh has been the recipient of numerous grants from the NYSCA (2012-2014); a 2015 Artist In Residency with Sagafest in Iceland; a 2015 Celebration Barn Show Incubator Residency in Maine with Questionable Acts Theatre Co; a 2015 Regional Economic Development Council Grant; a 2015 Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) Grant from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs; and was awarded a 2014 Creative Community Fellowship with National Arts Strategies for his work as Founder and Director of the Mnemonic Theatre Project, his puppetry program with seniors living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Josh has now completed three 12-week programs of MTP, and will have the work featured on the PBS documentary series, Visionaries, in the upcoming year. Most recently, Josh traveled to Hachioji, Japan to study and collaborate with fifth-generation puppet master, Koryu Nishikawa V as part of a 2015 TCG/Andrew Mellon In the Lab Grant.