TV

CURRENT PROJECTS:


CRAZY LIKE A GIRL: Feature-length, black comedy/horror

Chick Lit meets Horror of Armageddon in this stylish neo-noir.
(Currently in development with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts)


HAUNTED CONDO: A half-hour black comedy

They're young, they're sexy, they're talented ... and they're dead. 5 beatnik ghosts from the fifties haunt the anxious young professionals who populate an ultra-urban boutique condominium.

Haunted Condo


OIL WIFE: A one-hour dramedy

Set against the sprawl of an ultra-contemporary boomtown where liquid gold flows from the earth and into the five-rivet pockets that stretch across this youthful city's gym-firm bison-fed flesh...

Oil Wife


For documents and script samples, please contact: Karen Hines

OR

Literary Agent, Film and Television: Perry Zimel

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Toronto, Ontario
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"Wicked, original and superb." Denver Rocky Mountain News

Karen Hines's award-winning black comedies for the stage have been presented internationally. A Second City Alumna, she also worked with Ken Finkleman for over a decade as an ensemble member in his award-winning television satires. Currently Karen is writing her own satires for telelvision and film, and continues to write for the stage.

For a concise bio: Download the PDF

For a comprehensive view of writing credits please see below:

WRITING CREDITS

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STAGE PLAYS

  • Citizen Pochsy (Head Movements of a Long-Haired Girl)
  • Hello … Hello (A Romantic Satire)
  • Oh, Baby (Pochsy’s Adventures by the Sea)
  • Pochsy’s Lips
  • Pochsy Unplugged - A neo-cabaret adaptation of the Pochsy trilogy
  • SHORT PLAYS:
  • Cuddling Class
  • Young Man Praying
  • Telemarketing: The Musical

PLAYWRITING AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

  • 2007 Winner, Alberta Writers Guild Award (Hello…Hello)
  • 2005 Winner, Alberta Writers Guild Award (The Pochsy Plays: Pochsy’s Lips, Oh, Baby
    and Citizen Pochsy)
  • 2004 Finalist, Governor General’s Award for Drama (The Pochsy Plays: Pochsy’s Lips,
    Oh, Baby and Citizen Pochsy)
  • 2003 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding New Musical (Hello…Hello)
  • 1999 Finalist, Chalmers Award for New Canadian Play (Hello…Hello)
  • 1999 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding New Play (Hello…Hello)
  • 1994 Finalist, Chalmers Award for New Canadian Play (Oh, Baby)

FILMMAKING

Anagram of Pochsy - Director, Writer, Performer, Producer
2008: Shoots this summer; currently in pre-production

A Tax on Pochsy / The Audit (16:00 / 7:00) - Director, Writer, Performer, Producer
2008-2010 International Film Festival Circuit

FILMMAKING AWARDS (A TAX ON POCHSY)

  • 8 Alberta Motion Picture Industry Award Nominations
  • AMPIA Prizes: Best Short (Pochsy Productions) Best Art Direction (Anne Marie Nakagawa)
  • NFB Filmmakers Assistance Program Prize - Calgary International Film Festival - "Best of Alberta"
  • Audience Choice Award, Dawson City International Short Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize, Best Marrative, Best Short, SUYS International Festival of Short Film

Upcoming screenings: For a complete list of screenings: www.pochsy.org


My Name is Pochsy: An Industrial Film (7:00) - Director, Writer, Performer, Producer
2007-2008 International Film Festival Circuit

FILMMAKING AWARDS (MY NAME IS POCHSY)

  • 2008 Strasbourg International Film Festival (Best Short - Experimental)
  • Boston Underground Film Festival (Audience Choice Award, Best Short)
  • 2007 Kodak Canada Prize: Edmonton International Film Festival (Best Canadian Short)
  • 2008 Dawson City International Film Festival Lodestar Award (Best Short)
  • 2008 Female Eye, Toronto (Best Directorial Debut))
  • 2008 Rutgers University Festival of Super 8 and Digital Video (Best Experimental)
  • 2008 Strasbourg International Film Festival (Costume Design)

FILM WRITING (SHORT FILMS)

Everything's Falling** - Writer, Performer (Bravo!FACT) Directed by Sandi Somers

I'll Believe - Writer, Performer (Bravo!FACT) Directed by Sandi Somers

** Alberta Centennial Award Finalist

TELEVISION WRITING

  • DEFINE NORMAL (Story Consultant) CTV/Motel Pictures
  • PURE EVIL (Story Consultant) Showcase/Mark Sawer
  • THE VIRGIN CHRONICLES (Story Consultant) Comedy Channel/Mark Sawer
  • WHEN MATT BECAME JADE (Story Consultant) CTV/Motel Films
  • YOGADOTCALM (Co-Creator, Development) CTV/Alberta Filmworks/One Yellow
    Rabbit
  • PUPPETS WHO KILL (Story Consultant) Comedy Network
  • SECOND CITY LIVE (Contributing Writer) CHCH TV

POCHSY PRODUCTIONS : STAGE PRODUCTION, PRODUCTION AWARDS AND PUBLISHING

Pochsy Unplugged

A potent neo-cabaret fusion of the Pochsy trilogy.

Writer, performer, co-composer (with Greg Morrison)
Directed by Sandra Balcovske and John Turner
Upcoming: University of Toronto Literature Series, Bader Theatre, January 2009

  • Upcoming: Bader Theatre, Literature for Our Times Series, January 2009
  • 2005 World Stage Festival
  • 2005 Theatre Passe Muraille (late night cabaret: Pochsy Productions/Theatre Passe Muraille)
  • 2004 University of Lethbridge, Alberta

Citizen Pochsy: Head Movements of a Long-Haired Girl

A mercury-poisoned factory worker peers through her ravaged mind’s eye and grapples with mortality,
karmic reckoning, and market-driven gods in the waiting room at an audit from hell.

Playwright, performer, co-composer (with Greg Morrison)
Director: John Turner

  • 2004 Magnetic North Festival, Ottawa - KaBOOM Festival, Edmonton - Fire Hall Theatre, Vancouver (Ruby Slippers)
  • 2004 Produced by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, Calgary*
  • 2004 Published by Coach House Books in The Pochsy Plays**
  • 2002 High Performance Rodeo, One Yellow Rabbit
  • 2000-2002 Developmental tour as Head Movements of a Long-Haired Girl
    Comedy Arts Festival, Edmonton - The SPACE, Toronto Factory Theatre, Toronto, late night.

* *Winner: Alberta Writers Guild Award in The Pochsy Plays 2005
* *Finalist: Governor General’s Award in The Pochsy Plays 2004

Hello…Hello (A Romantic Satire)

An affectionate but unforgiving meditation that connects the dots between advertising, the six seas, and
the escapist impulses that lie beneath that most escapist of entertainments, the Hollywood-style boy-
meets-girl musical.

Playwright, performer, co-composer (with Greg Morrison)
Director: Chris Earle

  • 2006 Published by Coach House Books*
  • 2003 Produced by Tarragon Theatre, Main Stage**
  • 1999 Produced by Pochsy Productions in Association with Factory Theatre (Studio Café)***
  • 1998 Public Workshop at The SPACE, Toronto (Pochsy Productions)

*Winner: Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama, 2007
** Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination: outstanding new musical, 2004
*** Finalist: Chalmers Award for New Canadian Play, 1999
*** Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations: outstanding new play, production, direction (Chris
Earle), score (Greg Morrison with Hines), performance (Hines), 1999

Oh, baby (Pochsy’s Adventures by the Sea)

Weary from her job at Mercury Packers (where she packs mercury), Pochsy escapes to the seaside to try
to put the roses back in her cheeks.

Playwright, performer, co-composer (with Morrison)
Director and collaborator: Sandra Balcovske

  • 2004 Published by Coach House Books in “The Pochsy Plays”*
  • 1994 Women in View, Vancouver East Cultural Centre
  • 1993 Factory Studio Café (Pochsy Productions in Association with Factory Theatre)**
  • 1993 Fringe Festival tour: Toronto, Sudbury, Edmonton

* Winner: Alberta Writers Guild Award in The Pochsy Plays 2005
* Finalist: Governor General’s Award in The Pochsy Plays 2004
**Finalist: Chalmers Award for New Canadian Play 1994
**Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for outstanding production, direction (Sandra
Balcovske), set (Michel Charbonneau), lighting (Charbonneau) performance (Hines) 1994

Pochsy’s Lips

Alone in her hospital room, Pochsy muses on her job at Mercury Packers, dances with her i.v. pole, fever-
dreams about her doctor, and transforms complex consumer obsessions into gossamer fantasies.

Playwright, performer, co-composer (with Morrison)
Director and collaborator: Sandra Balcovske

  • 2004 Published by Coach House Books in “The Pochsy Plays”*
  • 1993-6 North American tours (selected): Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theatre Centre, Mixed Blood (Minneapolis), Denver Theatre Centre, Alice’s Fourth Floor (N.Y.C)
  • 1992 Poor Alex Theatre (Pochsy Productions)**
  • 1992 Simon Fraser University
  • 1992 Fringe Festival Tour: Orlando, Montreal, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Duncan B.C.

* Winner: Alberta Writers Guild Award in The Pochsy Plays 2005
* Governor General’s Award finalist in The Pochsy Plays 2004
** Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, performance, 1993

Pochsy’s Lips is currently being translated into German for a 2009 production at the Vienna Theatre Project.

SHORT PLAYS

Telemarketing: The Musical

Two anguished telemarketers fall in love and find the courage to hang themselves by their telephone
cords.

Playwright, director
1995: Tarragon Spring Arts Fair (Office Play)

Cuddling Class

Three teenaged girls seek comfort from the United States Secretary of State with regard to the End of
Days.

Playwright
Director: Eda Holmes
2004: The Wrecking Ball, Volcano Theatre

Young Man Praying

A young professional prays for love before death.
Playwright
Director: Sullivan Canaday White
2001: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival

PUBLISHING

BOOKS

  • 2006 Hello…Hello (A Romantic Satire) – Coach House Books
  • 2004 The Pochsy Plays – Coach House Books (third printing, 2008) - Pochsy’s Lips, Oh, baby, Citizen Pochs

SHORT PLAYS

  • 2005 Telemarketing: The Musical - Published in Snappy Shorts at Tarragon Theatre (Andy McKim)
  • 2002 Young Man Praying - Published in “Heaven and Hell (On Earth), Actors Theatre of Louisville

PUBLISHED EXCERPTS (Selected):

  • 2005 Excerpts from The Pochsy Plays in Border Crossings - Geist
  • 2000 Ottawa Citizen Literary Page - Full-page excerpts from Citizen Pochsy (Head Movements of a Long-haired Girl)
  • 1994 Taking the Stage Playwrights Canada Press
  • 1994 Performing Gender in Comedy (Shannon Hengen, Dissertation, University of Leeds)

ESSAYS AND ARTICLES (Selected):

  • 2006 State of the Arts in Toronto (Coach House Books) - Author, prose piece: ‘Hard Loft’
  • 2003 Brick Literary Journal - Author, prose piece: ‘Content Provider’
  • Various interviews
  • OTHER: 1993 Canadian Theatre Review – Pochsy’s Lips, full script

LITERARY READINGS

PUBLIC READINGS FROM ‘THE POCHSY PLAYS’ AND ‘HELLO…HELLO’ (selected):

  • 2008 Calgary International Spoken Word Festival
  • 2007 The Scream in High Park (Toronto)
  • 2006 This is Not a Reading Series, Pages (Toronto)
  • 2006 The Drake Hotel, Gladstone, various (Coach House Books reading tour)
  • 2005 The Scream in High Park
  • 2004 Harbourfront, Coach House Books
  • 2004 Border Crossings, Vancouver
  • 2004 Word on the Street: Toronto, Vancouver

PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCIES

  • 2005 Banff PlayRites Colony (dramaturge: Age of Arousal)
  • 1997 Banff Playwrights Colony
  • 1996 CanStage Play Creation Group
  • 1995-6 Tarragon Playwright in Residence
  • 1994 Tarragon Playwrights Unit

DIRECTING AND DRAMATURGY - THEATRE

Age of Arousal by Linda Griffith - Director and Dramaturge

  • 2007 Alberta Theatre Projects - PlayRite’s Festival
  • 2005-6 Developmental workshops: Banff PlayRites Colony; Duchess Productions, Toronto; Playwrights
    Workshop, Montreal; CanStage, Toronto

Currently writing ‘Age of Arousal Workbook’ for Ms. Griffiths and Duchess Productions: a
documentation of approach and staging for the ATP PlayRites premiere production as a resource for
upcoming productions.

Mump & Smoot in ‘Something,’ ‘Caged,’ ‘Ferno,’ ‘Something Else’ and ‘Flux’ by John Turner and Michael Kennard - Director and collaborator through development, 1988-2008

  • 2008 Theatre Network, Edmonton (Something)
  • 2002 Alberta Theatre Projects; Theatre Network, Edmonton; Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver; Berkeley
    Street Theatre (Flux) *
  • 1998-2000 ATP, Theatre Network, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Yale Repertory Theatre, CanStage,
    La Jolla Playhouse, World Stage Festival. California State: (Something Else)
  • 1997 Pittsburgh Public Theatre (Something)
  • 1996 La Jolla Playhouse (Something)
  • 1995 Dallas Theatre Centre: (Caged)
  • 1994 La Jolla Playhouse; American Repertory Theatre,Boston; Dallas Theatre Centre; Yale Repertory
    Theatre, New Haven; Centre Stage, Baltimore (Ferno)
  • 1993 Palestinian National Theatre, Jerusalem; Acco Theatre Festival, Israel (Something)
  • 1992-1993 Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Astor Place Theatre, Off-Broadway (Caged)
  • 1992 Yale School of Drama (Something)

*2002 Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding direction

FILMMAKING (Selected films)

Horribly Beautiful World - A 30-minute film adaptation of the Pochsy plays.
Back and white, Super 8 film
The Canada Council, Pochsy Productions

Director, Writer, Performer, Producer

2008: Shoots this summer; currently in pre-production

A documentary-style account of the tragic life and impending death of Pochsy, an employee of Mercury
Packers ... where she packs mercury. 'Horribly Beautiful World' is Pochsy’s message in a bottle to a
forgetful world: a subversively comedic ode to a century of industrial film propaganda, and a mindful
attack on mindless progress. The comedy is black, but the aim is dead serious: poisoned, and poisonous,
Pochsy is a spokesgirl for a human species on the brink.

My Name is Pochsy: An Industrial Film* - A 7-minute film adaptation of Citizen Pochsy
Black and white, Super 8 film
Bravo!FACT, Pochsy Productions

Director, Writer, Performer, Producer
Score by Greg Morrison
Cinematography: Greg Woodbury and Benny Zenga
Film editor: Jamie Francey

A mercury-addled factory worker’s ode to life, death, karmic reckoning and the future of the human soul,
this subversive, trans-genre ode to the industrial film was shot on Manitoulin Island and at the Sudbury
Nickel Mines, and will form the basis for “Horribly Beautiful World.”

2007-2008 North American Film Festival Circuit

*Festival awards (as above):

  • 2008 Strasbourg International Film Festival (Best Short - Experimental)
  • 2008 Female Eye, Toronto (Best Directorial Debut))
  • 2008 Rutgers University Festival of Super 8 and Digital Video (Best Experimental)
  • 2007 Kodak Canada Prize: Edmonton International Film Festival (Best Canadian Short)
  • 2008 Boston Underground International Film Festival (Audience Choice Award, Best Short)
  • 2008 Dawson City International Film Festival Lodestar Award (Best Short)
  • 2008 Strasbourg International Film Festival (Costume Design)

Upcoming screenings: Mountainfilm at Telluride and Hazelwolf Environmental Film Festivals

TEACHING (Selected)

SEMINARS, READINGS AND MASTER CLASSES - UNIVERSITIES AND PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS:

  • 2009 University of Toronto, Literature for Our Times Series (Performance and Seminar)
  • 2008 University of Calgary, Third Year Drama, Master Class (reading and workshop)
  • 2007 York University, Canadian Writers in Person Series (readings and seminar)
  • 2006 University of Lethbridge, Drama Program, Master Classes
  • 2005 The Second City, Toronto
  • 2004 University of Victoria, Drama Program, Readings and Master Class
  • 2003 Queens University, Drama Program, Master Classes
  • 1995-97 Equity Showcase Theatre
  • 1994 Yale School of Drama, Graduate Program: Seminar and Master Class
  • 1993 Actors Theatre of Louisville Dramaturgy Interns (Creation Techniques)