Joey is an auteur-director, playwright, theatre-maker and actor. He grew up in South East Saskatchewan in a hamlet called, Ste. Marthe. He received a B.F.A. in Drama from the University of Regina (1987) and a Diploma from the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School (1989). After working several years as a freelance actor, Joey co-founded Noises in the Attic, a theatre company mandated to produce and create new Canadian plays on the fringe festival circuit across Canada. From 1996 to 2001, Tremblay was the Artistic Co-Director of Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton. During this period, he wrote, devised, co-directed and produced as many as fifteen performance events and full-length scripts that toured across Canada, Great Britain and Australia.
Tremblay was a member of the English Theatre Ensemble at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for 4 years. In essence, all of his work in theatre has been predominantly in the sector of new play development. However, the process in which he has tackled each new project has varied immensely – from non-linear, interactive, environmental installations to more linear, narrative scripts, where his involvement arguably began as a traditional playwright. Many projects, began as translations of classic work and then through re-writes and rehearsal, they evolved into hybrid interpretations that were far from their original sources.
Combined, this work has garnered over thirty awards and nominations for outstanding direction, production and acting, including two Scotsman Fringe First awards for outstanding writing.