Magda Romanska

Visiting Associate Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism

Magda Romanska, PhD is the author of five books: The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012), The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (2014), the most comprehensive anthology ever of its kind, and Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology (2012).  Her Reader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (co-edited with Alan Ackerman), and The Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor (co-edited with Kathleen Cioffi) are both forthcoming in 2016. She has also authored a critically acclaimed play, Opheliamachine (2013), which had its premiere in Los Angeles.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University’s program in Modern Thought and Literature in 1998, Romanska earned her PhD from Cornell University’s Department of Theater, Film, and Dance in 2006. Romanska has published dozens of articles / essays / 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. 

Romanska served as the dramaturg for the Boston Lyric Opera, and she is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of The Theatre Times website (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 and performance. 

Romanska is Associate Professor of Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies at Emerson College, and a Research Associate at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. In the past, she has also been Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Visiting Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts at Harvard University.