Joe Salvatore


Explores gay relationships that allow for outside sexual partners through the actual words of men who shared their personal stories and thoughts on monogamy, fidelity, sex, and open relationships.

Joe Salvatore’s original plays and performance pieces include open heart, 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). His play III received the 2008 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play and is published in Best American Short Plays 2008-2009 (Applause).

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 first North American 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. Joe teaches in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School. MFA in Theater (Dramaturgy/Directing), University of Massachusetts at Amherst; BA in History, University of Delaware; Member, Lincoln Center Directors Lab.