Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre
Office Hours: By appointment
Joe Salvatore is a playwright and director and has been on the faculty of the Program in Educational Theatre since Fall 2002. He teaches courses in acting, directing, Shakespeare, applied theatre, new play development, and theatre pedagogy. His most recent play Mother's Milk is currently running as part of Play/Date, an immersive and voyeuristic theatrical experience that Time Out NY says "pushes boundaries - both artistic and personal - and takes theater one step further in the process." His other plays include Towards the Fear, A Whole Latte 4-1-1, Fan Club Unplug, Project | Hope, open heart (FringeNYC 2010), The Class Project, and III (FringeNYC 2008-Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play).
Since 2011, Joe has consulted for YoungArts, the signature program of the National YoungArts Foundation, serving as artistic director for performances in Los Angeles (Warner Bros. Steven J. Ross Theater, the Colburn School, and Los Angeles Theatre Center) and Miami (Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Colony Theatre, and New World Center). In June 2013 he created and directed A Salute to the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. From 2003-2009 Joe served as the curriculum consultant for Dance Theater Workshop's schooltime series, creating curriculum guides for twenty dance and theatre productions, most of which were premieres.
Joe’s publications include his play III in Best American Short Plays 2008-2009 (Applause), excerpts of his play open heart in Johnny Saldana's book, Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press), with the full performance text available through the new digital theatre library, Indie Theater Now. His academic publications include two chapters in Teacher Educators Rethink Self-Assessment in Higher Education (Peter Lang) and "Overcoming fear and resistance when teaching Shakespeare" in The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy (Routledge).
Joe is currently working on two new projects. The first, for which he was awarded a 2014 Steinhardt Clinical Faculty Fellowship, is a commission to create an interactive theatre piece for Red Bank Battlefield and Whithall House, a national historic landmark from the Revolutionary War located in southern New Jersey. The second is a site specific piece examining early 20th century gay cultural practices along the Rialto, a stretch of 14th Street from Union Square to 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. The piece will feature a collaboration with Toronto-based scenographer and installation artist Troy Hourie and will premiere in April 2015.
Joe is the founder and a team member of Project Pay Attention, an initiative that encourages people to pay closer attention to their actions and the words they use, either verbally, in writing, or via socal media (@ProjectPayAttn).
Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Joe worked as the Education and Humanities Manager at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Joe has also taught courses at Barnard College, Long Island University-Brooklyn campus, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
- M.F.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1998, Dramaturgy/Directing
- B.A. University of Delaware 1995, History
Grants and Awards
- 2014 : Steinhardt Clinical Faculty Fellowship
- 2014 : Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government Award of Excellence
- 2012 : Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award
- 2012 : Steinhardt School Research Challenge Grant in Arts and Culture
- 2011 : Faculty Dedication to Education Award, NYU LGBTQ Student Center
- 2010 : Faculty of the Year, National Residence Hall Honorary, NYU
- 2009 : Steinhardt School Summer Grant Development Award
- 2008 : Steinhardt School Research Challenge Grant in Arts and Culture
- 2008 : New York International Fringe Festival, Overall Excellence Award for Outstandng Play
- 2008 : Faculty of the Month, National Residence Hall Honorary, NYU
- 2006 : Steinhardt School Teaching Excellence Award
- 2006 : Steinhardt School Research Challenge Grant in Arts and Culture
- 2006 : Pride and Partnership Award, Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services at NYU
- 2005 : NYU Curriculum Development Challenge Fund Grant
- 2005 : Faculty of the Month, National Residence Hall Honorary, NYU
- 1998 : James Baldwin Playwriting Award
- 1995 : University of Delaware Taylor Award
- Site specific theatre
- Ethnotheatre / Ethnodrama / Interview Theatre
- Directing practice
- Play development
- Play Analysis
- Teaching and directing Shakespeare
- Character study
- Queer theory and performance
- “Articulate and Activate: An Approach to Self-Assessment in Theatre Training” in Teacher Educators Rethink Self-Assessment in Higher Education: A Guide for the Perplexed. Edited by Judith McVarish and Catherine Milne. Peter Lang Publishers, 2014.
- “Teacher Vulnerability as it Relates to Self-Assessment: A Metalogue” co-authored with Judith McVarish in Teacher Educators Rethink Self-Assessment in Higher Education: A Guide for the Perplexed. Edited by Judith McVarish and Catherine Milne. Peter Lang Publishers, 2014.
- open heart (excerpts) in Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage. Edited by Johnny Saldana. Left Coast Press, Inc. October 2011.
- open heart (full text) at Indie Theatre Now (digital). www.indietheaternow.com. August 2011.
- III in The Best American Short Plays 2008-2009. Edited by Barbara Parisi. Applause Books, October 2010.
- “Overcoming fear and resistance when teaching Shakespeare” in The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching. Edited by Dominic Wyse, Richard Andrews, and James Hoffman. Routledge, 2010.
- “Unlocking Awareness and Ownership of Learning” with Judith McVarish in Academic Exchange Quarterly, Winter 2005, Volume 9, Issue 4.
- “Adaptations: New Theatre From Old Stories” in Teaching Theatre, Summer 2002, Volume 13, Issue 4.
- “Collaboration / Celebration” in The Color Of Theater: A Critical Sourcebook on Race and Performance, Edited by Roberta Uno and Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns. Continuum Press, 2002.
- “Real people performing in real time” in Teaching Theatre, Fall 2001, Volume 13, Issue 1.
- 20 curriculum guides for Dance Theater Workshop
- Queering the Classsroom Canon: Co-presented with Andy Robinson at the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable Face to Face Conference. New York, NY. November 2, 2006.
- Docudrama , Bullying, and Homophobia: Theatre as a Way In: Co-presented with Edie Demas and Jill Dunn at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education Annual Conference. Bethesda, MD. July 28, 2006.
- transfigured: Confronting hazing and homophobia through performance: Presented this performance piece with the cast and facilitated a post-performance dialogue with the audience at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education Annual Conference. Bethesda, MD. July 27, 2006.
- transfigured: Using theatre to explore hazing, homophobia, and the involuntary construction of: Presented on the creative process and ramifications of presenting this theatre piece at the British Forum on Ethnomusicology Annual Conference. Winchester, United Kingdom. April 3, 2006.
- Performance Learning in the Mirror: Seeing, Owning, and Connecting the Process: Co-presented with Judith McVarish at the World Conference on Arts Education sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Lisbon, Portugal, March 6-9, 2006.
- Using Theatre to Address Bullying and Homophobia in the Middle School Classroom: Presented this work to middle school teachers from across the country attending the Middle School Theatre Forum sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association. Philadelphia, PA, January 21, 2006.
- Re-Presenting the Homosexual Adolescent Experience: A Study of Applied Theatre & Sexuality
- Connections, Awareness, and Ownership Through Self-Assessment
- Facing Forward: The Role of the Artist and the Animateur in Arts Education: A panel discussion held at the Samuel Beckett Center and sponsored by the Abbey Theatre as part of its Facing Forward centenary celebration. Dublin, Ireland. August 10, 2004.
- Will the Artist in the Room Please Stand Up: The Researcher as Artist: Presented the keynote address at the University of Delaware's Undergraduate Research Symposium. Newark, DE. May 8, 2004.
- Have Script, Will Travel: Reader's Theater for Social Change: Co-presented with Lisa Donovan, Gene Diaz, and Philip Taylor at the 2004 American Educational Research Association Conference. San Diego, CA. April 2004.
- MPAET-UE 0060 - Theatre as Art Form
- MPAET-GE 2171 - Shakespeare's Theatre I
- MPAET-UE 1081 - Directing
- MPAET-UE 1100/MPAET-GE 2100 - Styles of Acting and Directing
- MPAET-UE 1052/MPAET-GE 2252 - Acting: Character Study
- MPAET-GE 2152 - Theatre Practices: Problems in Play Production
- MPAET-GE 2077 - Methods and Materials of Research in Educational Theatre