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, and new play development. His play Mother's Milk ran as part of Play/Date, an immersive and voyeuristic theatrical experience that Time Out NY said "pushes boundaries - both artistic and personal - and takes theater one step further in the process." His most recent commission, Animating the James & Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield, premiered in June 2015 as an interactive, site-specific theatre piece on a national historic landmark from the Revolutionary War located in southern New Jersey. Joe's other site-specific work ga(y)ze, a collaboration with Toronto-based scenographer and installation artist Troy Hourie, premiered in April 2015 and examined early 20th century gay cultural practices along the Rialto, a stretch of 14th Street from Union Square to 3rd Avenue in Manhattan.
Other recent plays and performance projects include In Real Time, "Like" Like (part of Hall Pass), We Were All Young Once, Towards the Fear, A Whole Latte 4-1-1, and Fan Club Unplug. His play III, chronicling the 15-year relationship between Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, and George Platt Lynes, received FringeNYC's Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play in 2008.
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).
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 ethnodrama 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).
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.