MAGDA ROMANSKA

WRITER, DRAMATURG, THEATRE AND TRANSMEDIA SCHOLAR

 

Magda Romanska is a writer, dramaturg and theatre, performance, and transmedia scholar. She researches issues on the intersection of theatre, media, and technology, including 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, 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, Research Affiliate at Harvard metaLAB, and the Chair of Transmedia Arts seminar at Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center, where she curates a series of lectures on transmediality. She serves the advisory board of DigitalTheatre+, and is a member of Leonardo, International Society for The Arts, Sciences, and Technology.

She is also the Founder, Executive Director, and Editor-in-Chief of TheTheatreTimes.com, the largest global digital theatre portal. 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, The Theatre Times launched Performap.org – an interactive digital map of theatre festivals, funded through Yale Digital Humanities Lab and LMDA Innovation Grant. TheTheatreTimes  IOTF: International Online Theatre Festival – a yearly streaming global theatre festival, which so far has reached over a million participants.

She is a recipient of 2021 Mass Council Artist Fellowship for Dramatic Writing, and Apothetae and Lark Theatre Playwriting Fellowship from Time Warner Foundation for her playwriting, as well as the winner of the 2018 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. Her scholarly research has been awarded with the Aquila Polonica Prize from Polish Studies Association, and Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research.

Romanska is the author or editor of five critically acclaimed scholary theatre books, including The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012); TheaterMachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context (2020, co-edited with Kathleen Cioffi); Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2016, co-edited with Alan Ackerman); and The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, a leading and best-selling handbook of dramaturgy, and Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology.  She is also the sole editor of a twenty-volume series Focus on Dramaturgy from Routledge.

Her book chapters and articles have been published in anthologies and journals: Journal of Adaptation in Film and PerformancePostdramatic Theatre and FormInternational Women Stage Directors; Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its MutationsThe Sacred TropesThe Cultural Politics of Heiner Muller; and Ghosts, Stories, HistoriesTheatre SurveyTDR: The Drama ReviewPerformance Research: A Journal of the Performing ArtsAlif: Journal of Comparative PoeticsMercurian: A Theatrical Translation ReviewGender ForumWomen’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal; and Toronto Slavic Quarterly.

In the past, she has served on the editorial boards of Theater magazine, the Yale Journal of Law and HumanitiesDiacritics: A Review Journal of Criticism and TheoryJournal of Law and Theatre, and Polish Theatre Perspectives. She was also a founding editor of Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts MagazineHer public writing appeared in Reed MagazineThe LA Review of BooksThe Boston GlobeHot ReviewThe Theatre Times,  The ConversationPBSSalon, and The Cosmopolitan Review.

She has taught courses on theatre, performance, and transmedia 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. Her play, Opheliamachine, had its premiere in Los Angeles to a slew of positive reviews. Her script, The Life and Times of Stephen Hawking was workshopped at the Lark Theatre and subsequently adapted for zoom at the Roundabout Theatre Reverb Festival. Most recently, her play Life is Elsewhere, received a production at the Speakeasy Theatre Company in Boston.