Magda Romanska

Magda Romanska

Faculty
Magda Romanska

Magda Romanska, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College, Resident Dramaturg at 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 up to date. Romanska's two anthologies 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 forthcoming in 2016. Her current research project, The Bionic Body: Technology, Disability and Humanism,  draws on interdisciplinary research from bioethics, biotechnology, cognitive science, transhumanism, art, film, new media and performance studies, 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 the past, Romanska was a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University and  a visiting scholar at the Yale School of Drama.  In 2014 she 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.  Romanska graduated with honors from Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Film from Cornell University.