WRITER, DRAMATURG, THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE SCHOLAR
Magda Romanska is an award-winning writer, dramaturg and theatre, performance and media scholar, researching the intersection of theatre, media, and technology, including digital and multiplatform dramaturgy, human-AI interaction in performance, the ethics, and representation of human enhancements, and posthuman theatre and performance.
A graduate of Stanford’s interdisciplinary honors program in Modern Thought and Literature, and of Cornell’s doctoral program in Theatre, Film and Dance, Romanska is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College in Boston, MA, a Research Associate at the Center for European Studies and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, the Chair of Transmedia Arts seminar at Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center, and the Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of TheTheatreTimes.com, the largest global digital theatre portal, for which she won the 2018 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. In this capacity, she leads a team of over 140 Regional Managing Editors around the world, covering theatre in over 90 countries and regions. In 2019, she also launched Performap.org – an interactive digital map of theatre festivals, funded through Yale Digital Humanities Lab and LMDA Innovation Grant.
Romanska’s research has been recognized with two international awards from the American Society for Theatre Research and from the Polish Studies Association. Her past publications cover the range of areas, from post-traumatic theatre and theory, to a theory of comedy, and dramaturgy. She is the author or editor of four critically acclaimed theatre books, including The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor, Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (co-edited with Alan Ackerman); and The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, a leading and best-selling handbook of dramaturgy, and Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology. Her fifth book, TheaterMachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context (co-edited with Kathleen Cioffi) is forthcoming from NUP. She is also the sole editor of a ten-volume series Focus on Dramaturgy from Routledge.
Her book chapters and articles have been published in anthologies and journals: Postdramatic Theatre and Form; International Women Stage Directors; Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations; The Sacred Tropes; The Cultural Politics of Heiner Muller; and Ghosts, Stories, Histories; Theatre Survey; TDR: The Drama Review; Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts; Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics; Mercurian: A Theatrical Translation Review; Gender Forum; Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal; and Toronto Slavic Quarterly. Her editorials and theatre reviews have been published in The LA Review of Books, The Boston Globe, Hot Review, The Theatre Times, and The Cosmopolitan Review.
In the past, Romanska has served on the editorial boards of Theater magazine, the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, Diacritics: A Review Journal of Criticism and Theory, Journal of Law and Theatre, and Polish Theatre Perspectives. She was also a founding editor of Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine, which was featured in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual and chosen from among over twenty thousand entries.
She has taught at Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Cornell University, and Emerson College. She has also worked on over 30 theatre and opera productions as either dramaturg, playwright, or director, and she has served as the resident dramaturg for the Boston Lyric Opera. She is a recipient of the Apothetae and Lark Theatre Playwriting Fellowship from TimeWarner Foundation, and her first play, Opheliamachine, had its premiere in Los Angeles to a slew of positive reviews.