Magda Romanska

MAGDA ROMANSKA

WRITER, DRAMATURG, THEATRE, PEFORMANCE AND MEDIA SCHOLAR


Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy, EMERSON COLLEGE
Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief, THETHEATRETIMES.COM
Playwriting Fellow, APOTHETAE AND LARK THEATRE, NYC
Research Associate, The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Research Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, HARVARD UNIVERSITY


RECENT NEWS

TheTheatreTimes.com launches Performap.com, an Interactive Digital Map of Global Theatre Festivals - June 2019.

The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor was chosen by The Knowledge Unlatched Selection Committee, which consists of more than 150 librarians across the world, as one of the titles they deem most interesting for libraries and readers worldwide for open access - May 2019.

Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism now available in ebook format on GooglePlay - May 2019.

TheTheatreTimes.com at the Digital Humanities and Theatre Research (IFTR Working Group) at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - May, 2019.

NY Posthuman Spring Summit - April 2019.

TheTheatreTimes.com launches IOTF: The International Online Theatre Festival - April 2019.

"Kantor and the Posthuman Stage" published in The Postdramatic Theatre and Form - March, 2019.

SharpWeb reviews Reader in Comedy: Anthology of Theory and Criticism from @BloomsburyBooks as "a superb selection of texts" - March, 2019.

Article on comedy, totalitarianism, and the Polish playwright, Slawomir Mrozek published in the LA Review of Books - August 2018.

Winner of the Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for TheTheatreTimes.com - August 2018.





BOOK REVIEWS

  • Romanska and Ackerman’s Reader in Comedy is a very ambitious project, which draws on a range of sources from antiquity to the twenty-first century to compile an authoritative volume of works about comedy. The editors have created [anthology] with remarkable breadth.

    Studies in Theatre and Performance
  • An impressive cast of notable contributors offers their definitions of comedy and its historical contexts, themes, narrative structures, plots, character types and tropes. As a valuable precis of historical writings on comedy, Reader in Comedy is a full, rich and highly informative anthology that can be dipped into time and time again.

    Comedy Studies
  • The editors of Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism have created a temporally expansive analysis of western comic theory. It is a substantial anthology that interweaves performance studies, drama, literature, and critical theory. Romanska and Ackerman have curated a collection that charts continuity in comic theory without diluting historical specificities. Each introduction to the chapters succinctly contextualizes the comic theory of its time and also links the annotated texts to previous chapters.

    Modern Drama
  • It is not overstating the case to say that this volume will for sure be the book of reference for students, scholars, and dramaturgs in the fields named above if it comes to questions of dramaturgy. The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy goes far beyond a conventional handbook on dramaturgy as a way to structure a text to be staged.

    Journal of Contemporary Drama in English
  • The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy honours the diverse and varied nature of dramaturgical practice. The range of this book is, as stated, quite extensive: its depth is impressive. Romanska’s collection is a statement as to where contemporary dramaturgical practice is at present, whilst also envisioning its future(s). It is a singular, vital, and necessary contribution to the dramaturgical practice is at present, whilst also envisioning its future(s).

    Platform: Postgraduate Journal of Theatre Arts
  • The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy is an indispensable resource for anyone serious about dramaturgy.

    Contemporary Theatre Review
  • With eighty-five essays, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy offers comprehensive coverage of dramaturgical theory and practice.

    Theatre Survey
  • Richly documented chapters interweave primary sources, critical commentary, and contemporary theory (for example, Adorno, Agamben, Bettelheim, Améry) on each topic. Through its argumentation and design, The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor demonstrates a sophisticated dramaturgical strategy for re-historicizing and recontextualizing theatre and performance events

    Theatre Journal
  • A timely gift to the world of contemporary theatre. The Routledge Companion is a testament to this much-misunderstood practice, and will greatly assist the recognition and consolidation of dramaturgy as an art.This impressively varied volume includes, in its 8 parts, 85 essays that shine different forms of light on dramaturgical theory and practice. Romanska’s intro is magisterial, managing to address, with astuteness and depth, what dramaturgy was, is, and can be.

    American Theatre
  • Non-Polish-speaking scholars of Grotowski and Kantor will be grateful for Romanska’s work. She opens up areas of these two productions which have been unavailable.

    New Theatre Quarterly
  • [With The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor] the task, which the author sets out and performs, starting from such a clearly defined research perspective, is both remarkable and impressive in its momentum and size.

    Performer

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2018 Elliott Hayes Award Winner

for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy

2017 Apothetae and Lark Theatre Playwriting Fellowship

for works that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience"

Aquila Polonica Prize from the Polish Studies Association

the best article written in English during the previous two years on any aspect of Polish studies

Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize from The American Society for Theatre Research

for Best Essay Written and Published in English in a Refereed Scholarly Journal

RECENT AND UPCOMING

lectures, and panels

DIGITAL HUMANITIES AND THEATRE RESEARCH WORKING GROUP International Federation for Theatre Research

May, 2019

POSTHUMAN GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM Paper: “Posthuman Performance: TechnObjects in Theatre and Performing Arts From Robot Actors to Algorithm”

April 2019

TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, NYU Guest lecture: "Transmedia Dramaturgy"

September 2018

ASSOCIATION FOR SLAVIC, EAST EUROPEAN, & EURASIAN STUDIES Book Discussion: "Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918"

December 2018

ASSOCIATION FOR SLAVIC, EAST EUROPEAN, & EURASIAN STUDIES The Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor

December, 2018

ASSOCIATION FOR THEATRE IN HIGHER EDUCATION Revolutions in Pedagogy and Practice

August, 2018

LITERARY MANAGERS AND DRAMATURGS OF AMERICAS CONFERENCE Crossing Borders Conference

June 2018

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, NY Drama Across Borders: The Politics & Poetics of Contemporary Theatre in Translation

A Site-Specific Conference at Cornell University and The Cherry Artspace, May 11–12, 2018

NEW YORK YNIVERSITY, NY Posthuman Ethics - Global Symposium

Peper: "On Dignity” - April 2018

Duke University John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute

Guest lecture: “Performances of Dignity: In Law, Medicine, and Theatre” - September 2018

YALE UNIVERSITY, CT Soyuz Symposium

Discussant: Justice, Guilt, and the Law Panel The Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies - March 2018

AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THEATRE RESEARCH Extraordinary Bodies Conference

Plenary session: Bodies and Theories of Performance - November 2017

The Apothetae and Lark Theatre, NYC Playwriting Fellowship

The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship for writers with a disability, supported by the Time Warner Foundation September 2017

BROOKLYN COLLEGE, NY Disability and Performance Conference

Guest panelist: Evolving Perspectives and Practice Symposium - April 2017

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY, IN Guest lecture

Paper: "The Bionic Body: Technology, Disability, and Humanism"- November 2016

TUFTS UNIVERSITY, MA The Embodied Scholar Panel

Negotiating the Reception of Marked Bodies in Performance - April 2016

WNPR NPR AFFILIATE, CT The Colin McEnroe Show

Guest panelist: Jesters and Fools: A History of Wit and Whimsy - April 2016

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, MA Studio Series panel

Guest panelist: The Rosenbergs – Studio Series panel on a new opera - April 2016

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, MA The Institute for Advanced Theatre Training

Northeastern MFA Dramaturgy Retreat - January 2015

New Books Network Eastern European Studies

Podcast on The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor - June 2015

FREIE UNIVERSITÄT, BERLIN Performance Philosophy Network Symposium

Invited panelist: Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy - December 2014

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, MA The Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research

“What Gets Performed: The Life of the Dramatic Repertoire." Invited panelist: Dramaturgy Round-Table - June 2015

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of Americas Conference Chair

LMDA held its 2014 annual international conference was located in Boston’s historic theatre district and hosted by Emerson College and Suffolk University - June 2014

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CA Department of Theatre and Performance

Guest lecture: “Of Drammatology: Form and Content in Performative Exchange" - October 2014

Harvard University Theater and Performance Colloquium

Invited Guest Lecture: “Of Drammatology: The Post-traumatic Sign in the Works of Tadeusz Kantor” - 2013

Yale University Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale

Invited Guest Lecture: “Of Drammatology: Form and Content in Performative Exchange” - 2013

Yale University Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale

Symposium: Poetry as a Practice of Encounter - 2013

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