A graduate of Stanford’s Honors Program, and Cornell’s Doctoral Program in Theatre, Film and Dance, Magda Romanska 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, and the Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Theatre Times, the largest global digital theatre portal, for which she won the 2018 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. In this capacity, she leads a team of over 140 Regional Managing Editors around the world, covering theatre in over 90 countries and regions.
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 Kantor, Reader 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 to be released within the next two years from Routledge. She's taught courses on theatre, performance and transmedia, including at Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Cornell University, and Emerson College. She's also worked on over 30 theatre and opera productions as either dramaturg, playwright or director, and served as the resident dramaturg for the Boston Lyric Opera.