With a degree in Writing for Screen and experience in journalism, playwriting and radio, Joel I Thomas comes from a diverse writing background.
Publications: VICE, The Spinoff, Art Ache, NZ Musician Magazine, Schmutz Berlin, LURE, and broadcasted by Auckland's 95bFM.
In 2018 he was nominated for Playmarket's Before-25 Playwright awards.
Below is a brief selection of his work.
The Rainbow Arcade is an exhibition of LGBTQI* representation is video games currently taking place at the Schwules Museum in Berlin.
The Spinoff sent Joel Thomas to write about it.
A full length play written and directed by Joel as part of the 2018 Auckland Fringe Season. 'Buddy' is a queer play about finding love and success as a young creative in contemporary Auckland.
Flora Gosling gave the show 4/5 stars.
('Buddy' has since been re-written and is under consideration for another season)
Hye Rim Lee is a Korean-New Zealand artist using 3D animated images to challenge the way we see virtual worlds. Joel interviewed to Hye Rim Lee for VICE about her work and why it's important to question worlds predominantly made by men.
The Grow Room is a music and arts collective who are dominating Auckland's creative scene with fresh releases and innovative aesthetics. However, like many in Auckland, they are battling the gentrification Karangahape road infringing on their creative spaces. Joel wrote about this for The Spinoff.
Wax Chattels is an Auckland band making waves locally and internationally. Recently, Joel visited them for NZ Musician. They had a coffee near their rehearsal space in Balmoral and talked about the suddenness of newfound success, touring, and experimentation.