Joie Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress, screenwriter, producer and director. Her acting credits include such films as Mo’ Better Blues (1990) and DO THE RIGHT THING, directed by her brother Spike Lee. She has also been featured in Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), directed by Jim Jarmusch. Joie made her Broadway debut in Mule Bone, written by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. She also appeared off-Broadway in Jessica Goldberg’s The Hologram Theory.
Joie is the original screenwriter of the feature film, Crooklyn (1994), loosely based on her childhood growing up in 1970’s Brooklyn. Recent writing credits include two episodes of Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It (where she served as Staff Writer in season 1) and Story Editor in season 2).
Recent acting credits include a recurring role on Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, as well as a guest appearance on the final season of Broad City.
Joie has written and directed short films, including Subway Vignettes, Pt. l & ll, and “Snapped” (2001). Her other work as a screenwriter includes Positive, a feature length screenplay, and “Jesus Children of America,” a UNICEF sponsored short. Producing credits include Crooklyn, Jesus Children of America and Nowhere Fast (1997).
Joie has taught acting, directing and writing at the School of Visual Arts; theater at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY; and has been a Teaching Artist for Franklin Furnace Archives.
Joie attended Sarah Lawrence College.
Fellowships include: Montalvo/Lucas Arts Program, Artist-in-Residence (2019 and 2018); New York Foundation on the Arts (NYFA), Screenwriting; NY Urban Arts Initiative, Screenwriting, and Yaddo: Artist-in-Residence