Friday,March 9, 20187 p.m.

Théâtre Outremont
1248 Bernard Avenue West
Montréal (Québec) H2V 2V6
Phone: 514-495-9944, ext. #1



Joshua Holden (United States)

Adult audience, 13 years +

Presented as part of the Puppet Slam line-up


Trick Yourself into Being Happy

Mr. Nicholas, the sock puppet, expresses his frustration with feeling grumpy and sad every day. Joshua, his soul mate, teaches him how to kick the blues by tricking himself into being happy.

This slam piece was written in 2012 and has since expanded into a full-length, award-winning, internationally touring family show, The Joshua Show.  This slam piece was chosen for the 2014 National Puppet Slam and has made the rounds on the US slam circuit.



Joshua Holden’s signature, a sock puppet, and physical storytelling bring audiences on the epic journey of Cotton, a tender white rabbit who is lost and longs for the love and comfort of the magical life he once led.  This piece was developed at the National Puppetry Conference at Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center under the guidance of Ronnie Burkett.


RUNNING TIME: Two 5-minute short forms

TECHNIQUES: Sock Puppets



Joshua Holden, 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. He is the creator and host of The Joshua Show — an episodic joy-spreading live family show that currently tours North America. Joshua was on the Broadway national tour of AVENUE Q, the Lead Puppeteer in Peter Pan 360 (Three Sixty Entertainment), and garnered an Arts Impulse award as 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.


 Story, Puppets and Performance: Joshua Holden