Magda Romanska



On Leave

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

Contact Information

Office: Tufte 501
Phone: 617-824-8405
magda_romanska [at] (E-Mail »)

Professor Romanska has taught at Emerson College since 2006; she has also been Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Visiting Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts at Harvard University. Currently, she is a Research Associate at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. 

A wide-ranging and prolific scholar and practitioner, she recently wrote an important new study of great Polish directors, The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012); authored a play, Opheliamachine (2013), which had its premiere in Los Angeles; and was sole editor of The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (2014), the most comprehensive anthology ever of its kind. Her two co-edited anthologies, Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism and The Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor are forthcoming in 2016.

Professor Romanska served as the dramaturg for the Boston Lyric Opera, and is also developing her own multimedia opera, The Life and Times of Stephen Hawking. In addition, she is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of The Theatre Times (launching  at, which will include 60 global editors and will connect an international community to facilitate transcontinental collaborative models. She is also a co-founder of The Institute for Transmedia Art and Performance (, a Boston-based, inter-institutional research and performance lab focused on the intersection of new media technology, including video mapping and social media, and live, multi-location, and immersive events. In 2014, she chaired the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) conference in Boston, which brought together over 160 international dramaturgs,

Professor Romanska has published dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on theatre and performance, and her scholarship has been recognized with two international awards: 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 current research project is tentatively titled The Bionic Body: Technology, Disability and Humanism—it draws on interdisciplinary research from philosophy, law, art, film, performance, theatre, and disability studies to investigate our perceptions of what is and isn't a human body. 

Currently on leave (2016-2017), Prof. Romanska is a Visiting Associate Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama.


Cinema Studies
Comedy, Humor, Laughter
Cultural Studies
Humanities and Cultural Studies
Interactive Media
Liberal Arts
New Media
Performing Arts