Joy Lin

Award winning writer and director

About Joy Lin

Joy Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Austin, TX when she was 11. At the age of 15, Joy attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with 3 degrees in science by the age of 21. She has been teaching in Austin Independent School District ever since. In 2012, she was named one of 18 most inspiring educators by TED.com, which hosts TED talks among other projects. TED was so impressed with her, they funded a six-part animated series "If Superpowers Were Real." The animated series premiered in 2013 on TED.Ed and received international media attention from BBC, FOX, KUT, Time Warner Cable News, and over 100 websites.
The following year, Joy was named "Innovator of the Year" By Texas Classroom Teachers Association. In 2014, Joy started hosting Comic Con panels in various cities, including Las Vegas Wizard World Comic Con, Texas Comic Con and the San Diego International Comic Con. Most recently, she became a published author with her book series "Superpower Science" via Hatchette Book Group. Having started in February 2015 as a stand-up comedian, Joy has performed at the 2015 Sacramento Comedy Festival, the 2016 NYC Crosstown Comedy Festival, and qualified as a quarter finalist in the 2016 Funniest in South Texas contest.
She then transitioned to screenwriting and filmmaking and found immediate success with two dozen international and domestic film awards under her belt. In her first year as a screenwriter, she won 9 awards for her first 2 scripts, including Finalist (top 3) at the Asian American International Film Festival. In her first year as a producer/director, she has won 6 awards and counting, including Winner of Independent Horror Movie Awards and Nominee of Paris Art and Movie Awards. She looks forward to producing, directing, acting, and writing more high-quality films.

Latest News

Writing Jokes with Joy Lin
Zuri Irvin | 13 September 2015
I find superpowers fascinating because people must first be able to fathom having a superpower before inventions in science can catch up to our imagination
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Joy Lin, 2013-14 TCTA Innovator of the Year
TCTA | 26 June 2014
Joy Lin, the mathematics curriculum specialist at Linder Elementary School in Austin ISD, is TCTA's 2013-14 Innovator of the Year
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ATH Mini Mag
ATH | 18 November 2016
A true virtuoso, Joy Lin has set the tone for young ladies around the world. Leading the way for women in seemingly untapped terretories in the entertainment fields.
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What if superpowers were real?
TED Blog | 27 June 2013
Everyone fantasizes about what it would be like to lift a building, run faster than a speeding bullet, or temporarily turn on their invisibility. However, not everyone takes the time to consider the scientific ramifications of utilzing such spectacular gifts.
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TED-Ed Develops Animated Series Based on Lesson Plan Created by AISD Teacher
AISD | 11 July 2013
An Austin ISD lesson plan is being shared globally by TED, a nonprofit organization famous for its inspirational 18-minute talks and its "Ideas Worth Sharing" tagline.
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The Heroine’s Journey of Joy Lin
Peter Dekuster | 17 January 2017
I love that my work allows me to induce emotions from people, which is why I love writing comedies. The ability to make other people laugh is a beautiful power to have.
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