Saltzberg’s athletic, visually-imaginative directing flows from an aesthetic based in physical theatre. A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Saltzberg has worked with New Line Theatre, St. Louis’ premier venue for daring and provocative musical theatre, and GreenHouse Theatre Project, an international theatre company crafting “innovative theatre in unexpected places.” He was a founding member of Talking Horse Productions, directing its premiere production, Times Stands Still, and served for many years as the President of Independent Actors Theatre. He also continues to work with MU Summer Repertory Theatre, a professional theatre company housed at the University of Missouri with whom he develops new plays, and works as a director, dramaturg, actor, and acting teacher. In August, he will make his debut with Next Generation Theatre Company in St. Louis.
Recent or upcoming directing credits include Bonnie & Clyde; Peer Gynt; Doubt; Having Our Say; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted by Lookingglass Ensemble Member Laura Eason and featuring an original score written especially for the actor-musicians of this production; The Curse of the Wise, his own gender-bent adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth; Mother Courage and Her Children (also featuring an original score written especially for the actor-musicians of this production); Pinter's Ashes to Ashes; and Iphigenia and Other Daughters, which was selected to perform at the Region I Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and for which Saltzberg received a KCACTF Meritorious Award for Outstanding Choreography). Saltzberg has taken part in the DirectorsLab Chicago; LaMaMa ETC’s International Symposium for Directors in Spoleto, Italy; Grotowski Movement Training with Stephen Wangh; and Michael Chekhov Technique Teacher Training with the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA); and has completed residencies at Ohio University Chillicothe, SUNY Potsdam, Mercyhurst University, and Stephens College.
Saltzberg holds a Ph.D. in Theatre & Performance Studies from the University of Missouri; an M.A. in Theatre Performance from Long Island University; and a B.A. Theatre Performance from Susquehanna University. As a practitioner, professor, and scholar, Saltzberg’s primary foci are acting (Stanislavski, Chekhov, Suzuki/Viewpoints, and Composition) and directing, as well as physical theatre, avant-garde/experimental theatre, and performance theory. He has taught at St. Lawrence University, the University of Missouri, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His scholarship evinces a practice-based-research approach, and has been featured in Ecumenica, Theatre Research International, Journal of Religion and Theatre, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Liminalities. He serves on the Editorial Board of METHODs, a new peer-reviewed journal on actor training published by Pace University Press, and is working on book chapters for Physical Dramaturgy in the 21st Century and The Inside Story: Exploring Interactive Text and Performance. Saltzberg serves as Secretary of the Association for Theatre Movement Educators, and is leading an initiative to create a peer-reviewed, digital, practice-based research journal.
Saltzberg is currently in the MFA in Directing program at Western Illinois University, where he also works with the School of Music as an assistant director and acting coach for the Opera Program; productions include Moore's The Devil and Daniel Webster, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Mozart’s The Impresario, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe.