Biography

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Kate Donadio and Joe Sykes in Wolves at Actor’s Express

JOE SYKES is an actor and theater‐maker based in Atlanta. A transplant from upstate New York, he’s a favorite of Georgia audiences and was honored with a 2015 Suzi Bass Award (Atlanta’s version of the Tonys) recognizing outstanding ensemble cast performances for the Aurora Theater’s production of Clybourne Park. A member of Actor’s Equity Association, Joe has performed in theaters ranging from Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre to the national comedy beacon Dad’s Garage. Film credits include dramatic and comedic roles. However, Joe’s greatest success stems from creating original work and bringing new scripts to life.

At Actor’s Express, Joe has performed in three National New Play Network’s rolling world premieres: Wolves, Pluto, and Blackberry Winter—by Steve Yockey. In each of these plays, Joe collaborated with LA playwright Yockey and seasoned directors to originate pivotal characters. Wolves and Pluto received Suzi Bass Awards for Best World Premiere Production in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

“A kind of alchemy occurs whenever actor Joe Sykes appears in the work of playwright Steve Yockey. Over nearly a decade of collaboration, Sykes reliably discovers the deepest levels of meaning and implication in Yockey’s scripts, from a cheerful, gay shopkeeper in Dad’s Garage’s Large Animal Games to a swaggering, lethally cool character appropriately called “Rockstar” in Out of Hand Theater’s Cartoon. That old black magic returns with Wolves….” — Curt Holman, Creative Loafing

Theater goers are anticipating the world premier of Yockey’s new play Reykjavik fall 2018 at Actor’s Express.  Joe is looking forward to working once again with Yockey and director Melissa Foulger on this new production.

Joe is also a core ensemble member of Atlanta’s Out of Hand theater, which has a reputation for creating thought-provoking, innovative theater. Here Joe stretches his talents to production, including creative work on the MP3 project, Group Intelligence. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Joe brought this experience to universities and science and arts festivals throughout the country. Joe was co-creator of a separate version of Group Intelligence (re‐titled Sine Qua Non) with the Dutch theater troupe, The Lunatics, for the Oerole Festival in the Netherlands.

A skilled teacher and theater arts instructor, Joe has taught the performance practicum for Alternative Performance Methods at Georgia Tech—offered by the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. He often works with Emory theater students as a Contributing Professional, helping students workshop new productions.

Television and film credits include supporting roles in BET’s Being Mary Jane and The Game (television); and in film: The Little Death from Illustrated Films; Good Grief Suicide Hotline, from ECG Productions; V/H/S (Amateur Night) from Magnolia Pictures; and Hear No Evil from Bobcat Films. Joe is currently working with director Bret Wood, who directed Joe in The Little Death. This time it’s a contemporary thriller, Those Who Deserve to Die, set for release 2019. Read more about this film.

Joe is a graduate of the drama program at the University of Georgia at Athens and lives in Atlanta.