Joe Salvatore creates live and mediated performances from interview-based data, found media artifacts, and historical events. Joe is the creator and director of the Verbatim Performance Lab, whose investigations analyze and perform words and gestures collected from found media artifacts and interview-based data in order to disrupt assumptions, biases, and intolerances across a spectrum of political, cultural, and social experiences. He believes that performance has the power to challenge and transform collaborators and audiences alike.
In 2017, Joe collaborated with economist Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD-France) to create Her Opponent, a verbatim re-staging of excerpts of the 2016 U.S. presidential debates with gender-reversed casting. The Off Broadway production of the project was nominated for an Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience.
Other plays and performance projects include Full City+ with Keith R. Huff, Jenny Macdonald's solo play ENTHRONED (Dublin’s First Fortnight Festival & FringeNYC, 2016), ga(y)ze(with Troy Hourie and Caleb Teicher on 14th Street, NYC), 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).
Joe is a Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School where he teaches courses in ethnodrama, ethno-acting, applied theatre, and dramatic literature. While teaching at NYU, Joe has received the University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, NYU Steinhardt’s Teaching Excellence Award, and the NYU LGBTQ Student Center’s Dedication to Education Award.
In 2018, Joe received the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Johnny Saldaña Outstanding Professor of Theatre Education Award for demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, creative activity, and service.
Member: Dramatists Guild of America, American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE); Alumnus: Lincoln Center Directors Lab.