Joe Sykes

Coming in 2019…Joe Sykes as Jonathan in Bret Wood’s film Those Who Deserve to Die (2019), “a thriller that subverts the formula of the revenge film.”  Filming wasn’t easy. Read what Joe and director Bret Wood have to say about risk taking on set.

What’s next? Fall 2018…


Reykjavík by Steve Yockey, directed by Melissa Foulger. Beneath the otherworldly glow of the Northern Lights, tourists and locals mingle in the shadows of Iceland’s capital city. Told through eight interconnected vignettes, we eavesdrop on lovers, siblings, hotel employees, sex workers – and even some birds with really strong opinions about honesty. In this tour-de-force collision of sex and danger, playwright Yockey propels us on a thrilling journey through a world in which the supernatural is closer than we think.

Angels in America—2018


OUTSTANDING! Nominated for five Suzi Bass Awards, 2017-2018, Angels in America at Actor’s Expresss! Nominations include Outstanding Cast, Ensemble (but we knew that). The cast: Robert Bryan Davis (left), Carolyn Cook, Grant Chapman, Parris Sarter, Louis Greggory, Cara Mantella, Joe Sykes and Thandiwe Deshazor. The production was also nominated for Outstanding Production; Outstanding Direction, Freddie Ashley and Martin Damien Wilkins; Outstanding Sound Design, Ed Thrower; Outstanding Lighting Design, Joseph P. Monaghan III. Photo by Ashley Earles-Bennett.  

“A resourceful ensemble of eight actors, each playing several roles, excels….  (Joe Sykes is) … outstanding. Besides truly registering as the tortured Joe, Sykes offers fleeting kicks, too, as the incarnation of a prior Prior Walter, and even a mechanical diorama mannequin.”Bert Osborne, Atlanta Journal Constitution


Nominated for four Suzi Bass Awards, 2017-2018, including Outstanding Performance/Ensemble-TYA, Winnie-the-Pooh at the Alliance Theatre. The cast: Joe Sykes, Mable Tyler, Maria Rodriguez-Sager, Isake Akanke, Caleb Baumann, Grant Chapman and (CJ Cooper, not shown.) Also nominated for Outstanding Direction-TYA, Leora Morris; Outstanding Production-TYA; Outstanding Design-TYA: Scenic, Mariana Sanchez; Costume, Fabian Fidel Aguilar; Lighting, Steven Love; Sound: Clay Benning; Music, Dylan Frederick. Photo by Greg Mooney.


About Joe Sykes

“One of Joe’s greatest strengths is his versatility. He attacks with equal skill very masculine alpha characters along with more sensitive and vulnerable characters. His range never ceases to surprise me.” — Freddie Ashley, artistic director, Actor’s Express.

“I’ve seen Joe range from caregiver to predator in the course of one show. He’s an incredibly versatile performer. His work is exceptional.”  — Lara Smith, managing director, Dad’s Garage. Read more about what directors say… 

Versatile. Oh yeah. Joe has pingponged from edgy, unsettling dramas like Wolves and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo to the family musical Winnie-the-Pooh. In film, Joe vaulted from farce in Good Grief Suicide Hotline to lethal menace in Those Who Deserve to Die. He famously sacrificed vital body parts in the cult horror favorite V/H/S (Amateur Night) and later seduced a much-loved character in the popular BET televison series Being Mary Jane.

There’s a humanity about Joe that can’t be faked. He’s comfortable with the unsettling ambiguities of life. When audiences see parts of themselves in the bigot Karl in Clybourne Park or look to Death for comfort in Steve Yockey’s disturbing play Pluto, that’s Joe. That’s Joe making it ok for us to look into the raw, damaged places. Maybe it’s even funny. Joe can do that. Of course, if he’s playing a psychopath, it’s unnerving. Read Joe’s bio.


Stage and Film…