Collaborations with writer/director Joe Salvatore:
1. Her Opponent 2017
When economist Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD) wanted to use excerpts from the 2016 Clinton-Trump debates to help business students identify expressions of gender bias in political or business interactions, artist/researchers rooted in ethnodrama (Joe Salvatore at NYU Steinhardt) and video-based narrative research (Andrew Freiband at Rhode Island School of Design) collaborated to develop an innovative type of educational media. Applying different types of qualitative data from fields of performance, filmmaking, and visual analysis, the project will begin with an ethnodramatic re-staging of the debates with gender-reversed casting. Consequently, the re-staging will be produced into a shotby-shot reproduction of the original televised debates. Finally, the footage will be analyzed for an array of qualitative metadata types, including but not limited to narrative causation, gestural and word choice association, body language and physical messaging, and even indexical artifacts of production technique such as lighting, set design, and lens choice. The media and its layers of affiliated synchronous metadata will finally be packaged into an interactive media object which will visualize all this qualitative knowledge, and make it accessible and manipulable by teachers and students with an interest in understanding the complex interpersonal dynamics present. Photo by Richard Termine
2. Ga(Y)ze - 2015
Ga(y)ze, a collaboration with Toronto-based scenographer and installation artist Troy Hourie, tackles the world of gay male “cruising” in the early 1900s compared to contemporary times in the form of a site-specific performance installation.
In the 1920s, 14th Street just east of Union Square, known then as the Rialto, was originally the theatre district and the center of gay culture. This devised, non-verbal work uses vernacular jazz and social dance of the 1920s (Lindy Hop, Charleston), to tell the story of gay subculture within New York City past and present and features choreography by Caleb Teicher. The piece premiered as part of NYU’s Forum on Site-Specific Performance in April 2015.
3. Whitall - 2015
An interactive, site-specific theatre piece commissioned by and created in collaboration with the local community to animate the historical site of the Battle of Red Bank, October 22, 1777...
4. In Real Time - 2015
In Real Time is a set of six one-act plays that come from a series of eighteen plays written throughout 2012. A mixture of funny moments and more serious considerations, each short play is inspired by a song, a news article, or a writing prompt. Three sisters argue around a box of memories, friends make important discoveries in casual circumstances, a married couple sees each other again after a long time, and even Marilyn Monroe makes an unlikely appearance.
Three of the plays were developed in a Writers Roundtable sponsored by NYU’s Program in Educational Theatre during the 2012-13 academic year, and then additional development occurred throughout January and February 2015 when the plays were directed and performed by undergraduate and graduate students as part of the program’s main stage season at the Provincetown Playhouse.
5. Open Heart - 2010
open heart is an ethnodrama that illuminates and explores the experiences of gay male couples living in non-monogamous or “open” relationships. Thirteen couples and a therapist/researcher were interviewed, the audio recordings were coded and transcribed, and a verbatim interview theatre script emerged offering thoughts and opinions on the following questions: How do gay couples define open relationships? How do gay men in open relationships define the word “monogamy?” Why do gay couples choose to live in open relationships? What are the advantages and disadvantages of an open relationship arrangement?
The play enjoyed a sold out run at La MaMa as part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival and is excerpted in Johnny Saldaña's book, Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press). The full performance text is available through the digital theatre library, Indie Theater Now.