Dr. Romanska is an award-winning writer, dramaturg, and theatre and performance scholar. Her research focuses on the intersection of theatre, humanities, and technology, including transmedia storytelling, hybrid and digital dramaturgy, and transmedia/hybrid theatre. She is the founder of drametrics, a quantitative, computational analysis of dramatic texts.

Dr. Romanska is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, and a Principal Researcher at Harvard metaLAB, where she leads the Future Stage project, and Digital Access Research Project. She chairs the Transmedia Arts seminar at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center, where she curates a series of lectures on transmedia arts. She serves on the advisory board of DigitalTheatre+ and is a member of Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. At Harvard, she is also a Research Associate at the Center for European Studies and at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

She is the Founder, Executive Director, and Editor-in-Chief of TheTheatreTimes.com, the largest global digital theatre portal, for which she won the Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of Americas. She launched Performap.org, an interactive digital map of theatre festivals; and IOTF: International Online Theatre Festival, a yearly award-winning streaming global theatre festival.

Dr. Romanska’s scholarly research has received awards from the Polish Studies Association and the American Society for Theatre Research. She is the author of five critically acclaimed scholarly books, including The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012); TheaterMachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context (2020); Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2016); The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, a leading and best-selling handbook of dramaturgy; and Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology. She is also the editor of the series Focus on Dramaturgy from Routledge.

Her public writing has appeared in Big ThinkReed MagazineThe LA Review of BooksThe Boston GlobeHot ReviewThe Theatre TimesThe ConversationPBSSalon, and The Cosmopolitan Review.

As a playwright, Dr. Romanska is a recipient of the MacDowell Fellowship, the Mass Council Artist Fellowship for Dramatic Writing, the Apothetae and Lark Theatre Playwriting Fellowship from the Time Warner Foundation, and PAHA Creative Arts Prize. Her play Opheliamachine premiered in Los Angeles, and was staged at the Berliner Ensemble.  The Life and Times of Stephen Hawking was developed at the Lark Theatre and presented at the Roundabout Theatre Reverb Festival. 

Dr. Romanska has taught at Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, and Cornell University. She has also worked on over 30 theatre and opera productions.



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

Areas of Expertise

  • Aesthetics
  • Broadway
  • Cinema Studies
  • Comedy
  • Cultural Studies
  • DEI & Theatre
  • Humanities & Cultural Studies
  • Humor
  • Interactive Media
  • Laughter
  • Liberal Arts
  • New Media
  • Performing Arts
  • Theater
  • Writing