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; GreenHouse Theatre Project, an international theatre company crafting “innovative theatre in unexpected places”; and Ozark Actors Theatre, an Equity theatre in the St. Louis metro area. 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, and actor.
Saltzberg's favorite directing credits include Euripides' Medea; Our Town; Peter and the Starcatcher; Dance on Bones, a new immersive work described as a "theatre-jazz odyssey"; his punk-rock, queer-counterculture adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; a contemporary, site-responsive rendering of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt; Doubt; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted by Lookingglass Ensemble Member Laura Eason and featuring an original score written specifically 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 specifically 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 holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University; 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. Saltzberg has taken part in the DirectorsLab Chicago; LaMaMa ETC’s International Symposium for Directors in Spoleto, Italy; has undergone training with Third Rail Projects (immersive theatre) and the Michael Chekhov Association (Michael Chekhov Technique teacher training); and has completed residencies at Ohio University Chillicothe, SUNY Potsdam, Mercyhurst University, and Stephens College.
As a practitioner, professor, and scholar, Saltzberg’s primary foci are acting (Stanislavski, Suzuki/Viewpoints) and directing, as well as physical theatre, avant-garde/experimental theatre, and performance theory, with additional expertise in theatre history and dramatic literature. 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 has a chapter featured in Routledge's Physical Dramaturgy in the 21st Century, and has an essay forthcoming in Stanislavski Studies based on his recent presentation on Stanislavski and Brecht at "Brecht: Contradiction as Method" at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Saltzberg also serves as Vice President of the Association for Theatre Movement Educators
Saltzberg is currently an Assistant Professor in the Bobbi Biron Theatre Program at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, where he teaches courses in acting, directing, theatre history, Shakespeare, and accent & dialects and directs two productions a year.