Biography

 

Joe Salvatore is a playwright and director based in New York City. He has created and directed plays and performances in venues of all shapes and sizes, from traditional spaces like the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village and the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, to site-specific locations like 14th Street in Manhattan and a Revolutionary War battlefield in southern New Jersey.


Joe commits to creating memorable experiences for collaborators and audiences alike, for the act of making and performing the work should be just as transformative as experiencing the work itself.


Regardless of where his work is performed, Joe commits to creating memorable experiences for collaborators and audiences alike, for the act of making and performing the work should be just as transformative as experiencing the work itself. He believes that theatre has the power to change people, whether that’s opening up to another’s perspective or seeing one’s own experience in a different light. The theatre is more than just about mirroring; it’s about understanding who we are in relation to the people around us.  Making and experiencing art is one way to seek out answers to the big questions that we have about ourselves, others, and the world around us. 

 
 

Trained as an historian and a dramaturg, Joe often creates work inspired by historical events, real people and places, and other works of art, particularly music and visual art.  He also specializes in ethnodrama, having created nine scripts in this style and a chapter on the technique for The Handbook of Arts-Based Research (forthcoming 2016).

 
 
 
 

Since 2002 Joe has served on the faculty of the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School, where he has received Steinhardt's Teaching Excellence Award, NYU's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, and multiple Faculty Research Challenge Grants in Arts and Culture. He is a current member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, an Advisory Committee member for Evolve Theatre, and an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

 

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