Joe Salvatore is a playwright and director based in New York City. His play III received the 2008 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play and is published in Best American Short Plays 2008-2009 (Applause).  His play open heart enjoyed a sold-out run at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival and has been released as part of the new digitial theatre achive, Indie Theater Now. Other original plays and performance pieces include You Know, “someone’s in the kitchen with dinah”, Homage to Edvard Munch, nsa, transfigured (with Julie Marie Myatt), That’s Not How You Do It, full of grace. . . (James Baldwin Playwriting Award) empty, fag/hag (FringeNYC 2000 with Kate Nugent), and At Wit’s End: You Are Here (also with Kate Nugent). 

Joe is currently working on a new devised play, Project | Hope, commissioned by the Department of Theater at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The play will premiere in April 2012 as part of a series of exhibitions and performances about and inspired by violins recovered from the Holocaust. These 18 violins, known as “Violins of Hope,” were first played publicly in 2008 in Jerusalem, and they are making their North American debut appearance in a concert to be played at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Joe’s work as a director has been seen at the Provincetown Playhouse, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, LAByrinth Theater Company’s Barn Series, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New WORLD Theater, the Del Corazon Festival, INROADS: The Americas, Jump-Start Performance Space, Santa Fe Stages, NYU, and UMASS.

For a comprehensive list of past artistic projects, click here.

Joe has been on the faculty of the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School since 2002 where he teaches courses in acting, directing, Shakespeare, play development, applied theatre, and theatre pedagogy. In addition to his academic appointment, Joe also lives in residence at Third Avenue North, where he creates academic, artistic, and social programs for the 1000 residents living in that building.  

Prior to NYU, Joe worked as the Education and Humanities Manager at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Joe has also taught at Barnard College, Long Island University-Brooklyn campus, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  He has been a guest artist/lecturer at Brooklyn College, Washington University, ACTeen, Dublin Youth Theatre, and the Educational Theatre Association. He has also facilitated professional development workshops on teaching Shakespeare and arts curriculum development for teachers and school administrators throughout New York City.

Joe serves as the Artistic / Education Director for Learning Stages, a non-profit theater company in southern New Jersey, dedicated to providing artistic opportunities for children and young adults.  Joe co-founded this organization, formerly known as the Gloucester County Summer Drama Workshop, in 1991, and served as its artistic director from 1995 through 1998, creating and directing seven productions, including the original group piece, Dashboard Photographs. Joe has also worked as a consultant for Dance Theater Workshop and for Young Arts, the signature program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. 

Joe has been a featured speaker and/or presented papers and workshops nationally and internationally, most notably at the Theatre Communications Group National Conference (2009), UNESCO’s World Conference on Arts Education (2006), the American Educational Research Association Conference (2004, 2005, 2007), the University of Delaware’s Undergraduate Research Symposium (2010 and 2004 keynote addresses), the British Forum on Ethnomusicology Annual Conference (2006), the ATHE/AATE Joint Conference (2003), the AATE Conference (2006), the International Thespian Festival (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), and NYC’s Arts in Education Roundtable Face to Face Conference (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). Joe also chaired the 2008 NYU Program in Educational Theatre Forum, "Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Engage," an international conference examining Shakespearean performance and pedagogy in the 21st century. 

Joe’s chapter on teaching Shakespeare appears in the Routledge Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching (2010). His other writing has appeared in Academic Exchange Quarterly, American Theatre, Dramatics, and Teaching Theatre, and in the book The Color of Theatre: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance (Continuum Press, 2002).  

Joe holds an MFA in Theater (Dramaturgy/Directing) from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an Honors BA in History from the University of Delaware. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. 

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