New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
Harvard Law School
|Relatives||Christopher Nolan (brother-in-law)|
Lisa Joy is an American screenwriter, director and television producer. She is co-creator and executive producer of the HBO series Westworld. Her work also includes writing for the television series Burn Notice (for which she also served as a co-producer) and Pushing Daisies. Lisa Joy received an Emmy nomination for her writing on Westworld in July 2017.
While studying for the bar, Joy submitted a sample script for the show Pushing Daisies. A friend passed the script to a TV producer, helping her get the job as a staff writer. Pushing Daises would be her first official show. This would help her eventually become the only female writer on her second show, Burn Notice. Her latest project, Westworld, "about a futuristic theme park gone wrong where robots start rebelling against humans", was co-created with her husband. It is one of the most popular shows on television. 
Lisa Joy, along with her husband Jonathan Nolan, signed a new deal with Amazon to write and produce a series for the company. The deal is worth $150 million over five years. Joy and Nolan are now working on a sci-fi series titled The Peripheral.
Lisa Joy was raised in New Jersey. Her father is English and her mother is Taiwanese.
Prior to her career in entertainment, Joy practiced law in California. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Before attending law school, Joy worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles after graduating from Stanford University. Joy married screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, the younger brother of director Christopher Nolan. The two first met at the premiere of the elder Nolan's film, Memento.
|2008||Writers Guild of America||Television Series||Pushing Daisies|
|2016||Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards||Best Television Presentation||Westworld|
|2017||Writers Guild of America||Best New Series
Best Dramatic Series
|2017||Producers Guild of America||Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama||Westworld|
|2017||Gold Derby Awards||Drama Episode of the Year||Westworld|
|2017||Edgar Allan Poe Awards||Best Episode in a TV Series||Westworld|
|2017||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
|2018||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Westworld|
|2016||Westworld||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-creator and executive producer|
Joy, who is 40, was raised in a hardworking immigrant family (her dad is from England; her mom is from Taiwan) in suburban New Jersey.