School of the Arts Faculty

Magda Romanska

Associate Professor (2006)

B.A. Stanford University
M.A. Cornell University
Ph.D. Cornell University

Magda Romanska

Magda Romanska is a writer, dramaturg and theatre scholar. In addition to teaching at Emerson, she is Dramaturg for Boston Lyric Opera and Research Associate at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her books include The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012), Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology (2012), and The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (2014). With 85 articles by 90 leading theoreticians, practitioners and scholars, it is the most comprehensive anthology of dramaturgy to date. Her Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism is forthcoming in 2015.

Romanska's scholarship in Theatre Studies has been recognized with two international awards: the Aquila Polonica Article Prize from the Polish Studies Association, and the Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research. Her current research project, The Bionic Body: Technology, Disability and Humanism, draws on interdisciplinary research from cognitive science, art, film and theatre, and investigates how the concept of the 'posthuman' body affects representations of the disabled in modern culture, and how these in turn alter our perceptions of what is and isn't a 'human' – and challenge even the very need for such a category.

In addition to her scholarship and dramaturgy, Romanska is a translator and critically acclaimed experimental playwright. Most recently, her play, Opheliamachine, had its world premiere in Los Angeles. In 2014, Romanska was a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University, and in 2002, she was a visiting scholar at the Yale School of Drama. In 2014 she also chaired the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) conference in Boston. The conference brought together over 160 international dramaturgs, who participated in a total of 21 panels and discussions.


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