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How Did We Get Here?: Using Verbatim Documentary Theatre to Make Sense of Our Contemporary Political Landscape

Joe Salvatore

In January 2017, playwright and director Joe Salvatore collaborated with economist Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD-France) to create Her Opponent, a re-staging of excerpts of the 2016 U. S. Presidential debates with gender-reversed casting. Following the success of that production and its subsequent Off Broadway run, Salvatore has created NYU-Steinhardt's Verbatim Performance Lab to continue to produce live and mediated verbatim performances that challenge accepted political, cultural, and social understandings, while embracing the philosophy that social change emerges from dialogue, not monologue.

Join Salvatore as he shares his experiences working on Her Opponent and recent Lab projects including The Lauer / Conway Flip and The Moore / Jones Challenge.