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 ethnodrama, new play development, acting, directing, Shakespeare, and applied theatre.
Joe's most recent work, in collaboration with Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD-Paris), is called Her Opponent, an ethnodramatic re-staging of the 2016 presidential debates with gender-reversed casting. The performance also featured video/film and live stream by Andrew Freiband (Rhode Island School of Design). His ongoing project, co-written and co-directed with Keith R. Huff, is a site-specific, immersive serial play called Full City+ that takes place in a Harlem coffee shop. Other plays and performance projects include Jenny Macdonald's solo play Enthroned (Dublin's First Fortnight Festival and the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival), ga(y)ze (with Troy Hourie and Caleb Teicher on 14th Street, NYC), Animating the James and Ann Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield, Towards the Fear, Bromancing the OK (Part of Torrent Theatre's Mindflood, NYC), “Like” Like (part of Hall Pass in NYC and San Diego), Mother’s Milk (part of Play/Date at NYC’s Fat Baby), open heart (FringeNYC, 2010), and fag / hag (with Kate Nugent, FringeNYC, 2000). His play III received the Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play from FringeNYC (2008) and was subsequently published in Best American Short Plays 2008-2009 (Applause Books). Other play publications include excerpts of open heart in Johnny Saldana's book, Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press), with the full performance text available through the digital theatre library, Indie Theater Now, and A Whole Latte 4-1-1 (Heuer Publications). His academic publications include two chapters in Teacher Educators Rethink Self-Assessment in Higher Education (Peter Lang); "Overcoming fear and resistance when teaching Shakespeare" in The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy (Routledge); and "Ethnodrama / Ethnotheatre" in Handbook of Arts-Based Research, edited by Patricia Leavy (forthcoming, Guildford Press).
Joe has created several commissioned multi-disciplinary performances for the National YoungArts Foundation at venues 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 dance theatre productions, most of which were premieres.
While teaching at NYU, Joe has received NYU Steinhardt's Teaching Excellence Award, the NYU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center's Dedication to Education Award, and the University's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award.
Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Joe worked as the Education and Humanities Manager at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He 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 and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.