Performing Arts Faculty
Associate Professor (2006)
B.A. Stanford University
M.A. Cornell University
Ph.D. Cornell University
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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A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!
McGorry '08 talks about his two hit TV shows
The Performing Arts alum appears on Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder.
Grammy nomination for Sanlikol
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a well-respected pianist and faculty member in Performing Arts, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his composition “Vecd."