Karen Hines

Karen Hines is an award-winning writer, director and performer and the artistic director of Keep Frozen: Pochsy Productions, which develops Hines’ dark comedies for stage and screen. She is the author of Crawlspace, All the Little Animals I Have Eaten, Drama: Pilot Episode, Citizen Pochsy, Hello…Hello (A Romantic Satire), Oh, baby and Pochsy’s Lips as well as several short plays and the Neo-Cabaret Pochsy Unplugged, which have been presented across North America and in Germany at venues such as Alberta Theatre Projects, Tarragon Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Joe's Pub (Public Theatre, NYC), Word Stage, Factory Theatre, Magnetic North, One Yellow Rabbit, Beme Theatre in Munich and Toronto's Videofag.

Hines is a two-time finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama for her trilogy of Pochsy Plays and for Drama: Pilot Episode. Other awards and citations for productions of her plays including the Dora Mavor Moore Award for performance, the Betty Mitchell Award for New Play, two Alberta Writers Guild Awards, twice finalist for the Chalmers Award for Playwriting (Hello...Hello, Oh, baby) and sixteen Dora nominations. Karen is also a Dora Award-winning director.

Karen is a Second City alumna and long-time collaborator with fellow alums Sandra Balcovske and composer Greg Morrison. Their prize-winning short films, featuring the character Pochsy, have screened at festivals around the globe. At Second City, Karen also met horror clown duo Mump & Smoot and has directed all their shows to date from Canadian Fringe Festivals to Yale Repertory, Off Broadway, across America and overseas. She directe Linda Griffiths’ HeavenAbove/HeavenBelow (Theatre Passe Muraille) and was director and dramatuge for the premiere production of Griffiths' Age of Arousal.

Karen has performed in film, television and onstage and co-starred in Ken Finkleman’s Emmy Award-winning (Canadian) satire The Newsroom, as well as his Foreign Objects and Married Life for which she was nominated for Gemini and CableACE Awards.She has written for magazines, anthologies and literary journals and has won Western and National Magazine Awards. She has spoken at universities and literary festivals and teaches also in conservatory settings. All of her plays are published by Coach House Books.

Karen has been playwright in residence at Tarragon Theatre (1995-96) and at Alberta Theatre Projects (2009-2012) and has been Artist in Residence at Vancouver's Boca del Lupo, Toronto's Videofag, and at the Manitoulin Conservatory fro Creation and Performance. She was born in Chicago, raised in Toronto and now lives in Calgary, where she is writing columns for Swerve Magazine, a feature film version of Crawlspace, and has recently premiered All the Little Animals I Have Eaten, which played to sold-out houses at One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo and just published it together with Crawlspace in two-play book, Animals under the auspices of Coach House Books.


Pochsy's Lips (Coach House Books - in The Pochsy Plays)

Oh, baby (Pochsy's Adventures by the Sea) (Coach House Books - in The Pochsy Plays)

Hello..Hello (Coach House Books)

Citizen Pochsy (Coach House Books - in The Pochsy Plays)

Pochsy Unplugged (A Cabaret)

Drama: Pilot Episode (Coach House Books)

Crawlspace (Coach House Books - in Animals)

All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (Coach House Books - in Animals)