Joe Salvatore creates live performances and video projects from interview-based data, found media artifacts, and historical events. He is the creator and director of the Verbatim Performance Lab, whose performed investigations include The Kavanaugh Files, No(body) but nobody, The Grab 'Em Tapes, The Moore/Jones Challenge, The Lauer/Conway Flip, and Of a Certain Age (in collaboration with The Actors Fund).
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 and has been covered by NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, out.com, Fox News, MSNBC, and ABC News, among others
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, ethnoacting, new play development, and applied/community-engaged theatre. He has presented about his verbatim documentary theatre and performance practice at SXSW EDU, MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences & Sloan School of Management, Yale University School of Management’s Education Leadership Conference, University of Massachusetts, AERA, ICQI, ISEEN Winter Institute, and at Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin, Ireland.
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. 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.
Member: Dramatists Guild of America, American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE); Alumnus: Lincoln Center Directors Lab.