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Joel Thomas Hynes


Actor/writer/director/musician Joel Thomas Hynes is the award-winning author of the novels Down to the Dirt and Right Away Monday; acclaimed stage plays Say Nothing Saw Wood, The Devil You Dont KnowBroken Accidents and Incinerator Road; the notoriously cheeky chapbook God Help Thee: A Manifesto; and a collection of poetic non-fiction called Straight Razor Days. His novella, Say Nothing Saw Wood (upon which his award-winning play was based) was published by the Goat in the fall of 2013.

Hynes has written and directed two short films, Clipper Gold and Little Man, and has also performed numerous leading and principal roles for television and film, including Down to The DirtCrackie,Hatching Matching and DispatchingRabbitownRepublic of Doyle and Re-Genesis. Most recently, he has a recurring supporting role in Orphan Black.

His first novel, Down to the Dirt, is available in numerous translations around the globe, and has been adapted to stage and the big screen. Hynes’s feature film script “Cast No Shadow” (based on his novella Say Nothing Saw Wood) was released in 2014, and was widely praised, receiving numerous awards and nominations at Canadian film festivals; it was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. The film is now available through iTunes.