With a solid interest in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Visual and Perfoming Arts, Eric Wright’s formal puppetry training began at Sarah Lawrence College under the instruction of Dan Hurlin, then continued at the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program under the instruction of Bart Roccoberton.
At the O’Neill National Puppetry conference, Eric was involved in programs led by Martin Robinson, Phillip Huber, and Preston Froeder; he also developed Food, an original piece, as part of the Emerging Artist Program there.
After graduating and moving to New York, Mr. Wright worked steadily as a puppet designer, builder, and performer. He has built puppets for Synapse Production’s Animal Farm: The Musical (with Ms. DeCola), Dan Hurlin’s Hiroshima Maiden, Leapfrog Production’s Amadeus, Theaterworks USA’s Seussical the Musical and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, and Theater Couture’s Carrie (also with Ms. DeCola).
Mr. Wright’s Performance credits include: Yale Rep’s Compulsion, The Metropolitan Opera’s Madama Butterfly, Dan Hurlin’s Hiroshima Maiden and Disfarmer, Erin Orr’s Savage Nursury, Bedcase at the St. Ann’s “Labapalooza”, Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30 at Art Basel Miami, Lake Simons’ What’s Inside The Egg, and Alice in Wonderland, Erik Sanko’s The Fortune Teller, Paul Mesner’s 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do With A Puppet, Safety4Kids’ Public Television Show SeeMore’s Playhouse, Mabou Mines’ Peter and Wendy, and, under the direction of Basil Twist, La Bella Dormente and Petrushka.