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Magda Romanska

Magda Romanska
executive director

Magda Romanska is a writer, dramaturg and theatre, performance and media scholar. Her research focuses on theatre and globalization, the intersection of theatre, media, and technology, including digital and multiplatform dramaturgy, human-AI interaction in performance, the ethics, and representation of human enhancements, and posthuman theatre and performance.  A graduate of Stanford’s honors program, and of Cornell’s doctoral program in Theatre, Film and Dance, she is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College in Boston, MA, a Research Associate at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Her past books and publications cover the areas of post-traumatic theatre, a theory of comedy, and dramaturgy. She is the author or editor of four critically acclaimed theatre books, including The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and KantorReader in Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (co-edited with Alan Ackerman); and The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, a leading handbook of dramaturgy. Her fifth book, TheaterMachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context(co-edited with Kathleen Cioffi) is forthcoming from NUP.  She is also the sole editor of a ten-volume series Focus on Dramaturgy from Routledge. She has served on the editorial boards of Theater magazine, the Yale Journal of Law and HumanitiesDiacritics: A Review Journal of Criticism and TheoryJournal of Law and Theatre, and Polish Theatre Perspectives. She was also a founding editor of Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine, which was featured in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual and chosen from among over twenty thousand entries. Her editorials and theatre reviews have been published in The LA Review of BooksThe Boston GlobeHot Review, and The Cosmopolitan Review. She has taught over 30 courses on theatre, performance and transmedia, including at Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Cornell University, and Emerson College. She has also worked on over 30 theatre and opera productions as either dramaturg, playwright, or director, and she has served as the resident dramaturg for the Boston Lyric Opera.

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