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 theorist. In addition to teaching at Emerson, she is Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Research Associate at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and Dramaturg for Boston Lyric Opera.

Romanska is the winner of the Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize from The American Society for Theatre Research and the Aquila Polonica Article Prize from The Polish Studies Association. Her books include The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012), Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology (2012),The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (forthcoming in 2014), and Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (forthcoming in 2014).

Her book chapters are anthologized in International Women Stage Directors (2013), Re-writing Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations (2012), The Sacred Tropes (2009), The Cultural Politics of Heiner Muller (2008), and Ghosts, Stories, Histories (2007).

Romanska's selected dramaturgical credits include Lizzie Borden, The Magic Flute, Marat/Sade, Hamlet, Macbeth, Amadeus, The Maids, The Three Sisters, Iphegenia at Aulis (Yale Rep, dir. Rebecca Taichman), and Café Variations (dir. by Anne Bogart). This summer, she will be chairing the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) conference in Boston.

In addition to her theoretical work, Romanska writes creative fiction and non-fiction. Most recently, her humorous short story "How I Survived Socialism" was published in The Cosmopolitan Review, and her play, Opheliamachine, had its world premiere at critically acclaimed City Garage Theatre, and received a slew of rave reviews from several Los Angeles media outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, LAWeekly, and NPR affiliate KCRW-FM.

A former exchange scholar at the Yale School of Drama and fellow at the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University, Romanska graduated with honors from Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Film from Cornell University. At Emerson, she teaches courses in Dramaturgy, World Drama, Theatre History and Dramatic Theory.


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