Joshua Holden

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(Creator & host)an award-winning international puppeteer, actor, and joy-maker based in NYC, was named one of “20 Theatre Workers You should Know” by American Theatre Magazine. Joshua was on the Broadway national tour of AVENUE Q, the Lead Puppeteer in Peter Pan 360 (ThreeSixty Entertainment), and garnered an Arts Impulse awardas well as an IRNE nomination for “Best Actor In a Musical” as Bill Snibson in Me & My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston). He worked with international street artist Banksy on his controversial piece Sirens of the Lambs. A proud Massachusetts native and an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he earned a B.F.A. in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.


Jeb Colwell


 (Musician) is a New York City based songwriter and entertainer.  He was the frontman for Hector On Stilts, a pop-rock band whose songs have been featured on TV shows like ABC’s Brothers And Sisters.  Currently, Jeb writes, records and performs with his band Colwell.  In 2012 they began performing as the house band for a People’s Improv Theatre sketch comedy team, for whom Jeb also created content including a video spoof of the Wham! classic "Last Christmas” (which the Huffington Post called “four-and-a-half minutes of toe-curling hilarity”.) Along with Grammy Award winner Andres Levin, Jeb co-wrote and performed the lead vocal on Cuba En Mi Corazon, a recording produced for Up With People.  Lately Jeb has been spotted assisting the music program at Kidz Village, a day-care center in Queens, while operating under the alias Mr. Jebby. Fun fact: Jeb’s grandfather was Academy Award winning actor, Anthony Quinn (from whom he derives the uncanny resemblance!).

Jessica Lazar

(Director) is a multi-media director, working both in film and theatre. Originally from Texas, she found a love for storytelling at the local community theatre. The collaborative nature, not just behind the scenes but also with the audience, inspired her to pursue directing. After working for the Cherry Lane Theatre and Hartford Stage, she worked as the Artistic Director and Vice-President of the Metropolis Opera Project. An opera company based in New York City, whose mission was to redefine opera and present opera to a new audience. Over the past couple years she has expanded farther into film, directing several shorts and exploring music videos. She was the 1st assistant director of the feature film Money Matters, and the web series D.I.N.K.s. and also served as associate producer on the short film The Prodigal Mother, among others. The Joshua Show has been an opportunity to rediscover her love of stage. Telling a story both adults and children can connect with, creating an environment for everyone to feel welcomed, and passing on a message we’re proud of makes the whole team work harder everyday.

Katie Kennedy


(Stage Manager) is a proud West Virginia native. Since moving to New York City five years ago she has consistently worked as a stage manager on a variety of shows, including Urinetown: The Musical, the ELSCO Annual Dance Concert, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, and most recently, The Public's Latin History for Morons with John Leguizamo. Katie is beyond excited to be a part of this incredible show! In addition to being a stage manager, Katie has been lucky enough to be part of a production company that has a regularly produced web-series and that just premiered their first movie. She credits her family and friends for making her who she is today. Without their constant love and support, none of this would have happened!

Dave Neff


(Creative Producer) is a songwriter, video producer, and sound designer. Raised in Tucson, Arizona, he became active in creative pursuits through the local D.I.Y. music scene. Driven by a holistic approach to artistic endeavors, he has never confined himself to a single duty, but looks to provide support based on each project’s needs. The Joshua Show has been an opportunity to rekindle a passion for positive, all-ages entertainment. As a musician he has composed music for Adult Swim, Dreamworks TV, the Madison Square Garden Company, and more. He has served as a video producer creating music-based content at Vevo, MTV, Fuse TV, as well as independently. Neff is currently a software engineer living in Brooklyn.

Jay Ryan

 (Lighting Designer) fled to NYC after one too many Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals in his hometown of Richmond, Va. As Resident Lighting Designer at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), he designed lights for 100’s of dance pieces and developed the Dance and Technology initiative. He has toured the world with the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Big Dance Theater, H.T. Chen, Chris Aiken, Karl Anderson, Dan Safer, Fiona Marcotty, Nami Yamamoto, Jeanine Durning, Sally Silvers, American Spanish Dance Theater, John Jaspers, The Bang Group, The Elementals and many others. Jay was Nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for his lighting of Dancing Vs the Rat Experiment with WRC and was Awarded the Eva Adamson award for Excellence in Lighting Design in 2011. Jay is currently an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Jean Marie Keevins


(Producer) is a producer, puppet artist and writer. She was a producer for James Godwin's
multi-award winning Lunatic Cunning. Most recently, Jean Marie has served as the Executive Producer for Heather Henson & Ty Defoe's Crane as will as Henson's International Crane Backpack Show. Jean Marie continues to write and produce original works with her collaborators including Zwerge and the upcoming Elephant in the Room with Sahr Ngaujah for her production company, Little Shadow Productions. Prior to her long tenure as the VP of Business Development at Puppet Heap, she produced, built puppets, stage managed, and puppeteered for productions around the world and domestically at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Cherry Lane Theater. Building credits include The Muppets, Baby Einstein, The Daily Show, Avenue Q,and Funny or Die to name a few. Jean Marie has been fortunate to receive fiscal support from the Jim Henson Foundation and the Puffin Foundation and residencies at NIDSA, Space on Ryder Farm, The Orchard Project, The O'Neill and more. A graduate of the UConn Puppet Arts program, she is a recurring guest lecturer at New York University. Jean Marie is the proud to serve as the Associate Artistic Director of the National Puppetry Conference and is a former board member of the international puppetry organization, UNIMA-USA.