Karen Hines

Karen Hines is an award-winning writer, director and performer in film, television and theatre. Chicago-born, Toronto-bred, her theatrical black comedies have been presented across Canada and America, at theatres, literary festivals and comedy clubs. Her acclaimed trilogy, The Pochsy Plays, and her genre-defying satire Hello...Hello have won her a loyal cult following and numerous prizes and nominations including finalist for Canada's Governor General's Award for Drama. A Second City alumna, Ms. Hines has performed in many film and television projects; she co-starred for three seasons in Ken Finkleman's Emmy and Gemini Award-winning television series The Newsroom (CBC/PBS), as well as his Foreign Objects (Rhombus) and Married Life (Comedy Central), for which she was nominated for Gemini and CableACE awards. Ms. Hines is the long-time director of adult horror clowns Mump & Smoot, growing up with them from fringe festivals to Off-Broadway. She has recently directed the first few in what will be a series of short films featuring the character Pochsy. These films are being presented at film festivals around the world, and will soon air on national television. Karen Hines is currently Playwright in Residence at Alberta Theatre Projects, where she is writing a new play, Drama. www.pochsy.org

Born in: 

Chicago, USA

Based out of: 

Toronto, Canada