Joe Salvatore creates projects based on first-person interviews, found media artifacts, and historical events. He believes that performance has the power to disrupt pre-conceived notions, and to challenge and transform collaborators and audiences alike.

Joe is the director of the Verbatim Performance Lab and teaches in the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt. 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.






Explores the fifteen-year relationship between the photographer George Platt Lynes, the writer Glenway Wescott, and the MoMA curator and publisher, Monroe Wheeler...

A collaboration with Toronto-based scenographer and installation artist Troy Hourie, tackling the world of gay male “cruising” in the early 1900s compared to contemporary times...

An interactive, site-specific theatre piece commissioned by and created in collaboration with the local community to animate the historical site of the Battle of Red Bank, October 22, 1777...


The ability to embrace the contributions of others. The patience to allow a discovery to emerge. The experience to trust the process. Joe brings this approach to every collaboration.

Joe writes plays to answer questions he has about the world. It’s his way of researching and presenting findings about the human condition. Critics and audiences alike have called his plays “engrossing and illuminating,” “courageous,” and “an incredible bit of truth.”

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Joe has directed plays and performances in cities across the country, working with performers of all ages and experience levels, from young artists to seasoned professionals, always focused on the belief that a strong product emerges from a strong process: the two cannot be separated.

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