is a writer, dramaturg and theatre scholar. She is Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College, Dramaturg for Boston Lyric Opera, and research Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center. She is a recipient of the Aquila Polonica Article Prize and the Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize. In addition to her scholarship and dramaturgical experience, Romanska is a critically acclaimed experimental playwright. Most recently, her play, Opheliamachine, had its world premiere in Los Angeles. In 2014, she chaired the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) conference in Boston, and she was Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. In the Fall 2014, she will be teaching multimedia dramaturgy at Emerson College campus in Los Angeles. A former exchange scholar at the Yale School of Drama and fellow at the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University, Romanska graduated with honors from Stanford and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Conductor: David Angus Director: Crystal Manich Set Designer: John Concklin Dramaturgy: Magda Romanska
I Puritaniis set in the Puritan fortress at Plymouth during the English Civil War. The Puritans, led by Oliver Cromwell, have inflicted a crushing defeat on troops loyal to Charles I (the Cavaliers) and taken parliamentary power. Although the King has been tried and executed (his widow, Henrietta, plays a significant role in the opera) the Cavaliers fight on.
Conductor: Christopher Franklin Director: Tomer Zvulvun Set Designer: John Concklin Dramaturgy: Magda Romanska
Verdi's Rigoletto is set in Renaissance Italian city-state of Mantua ruled by an all powerful Duke. The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto, his court jester. The curse comes to fruition when Rigoletto's daughter falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him. DRAMATURGY BLOG SERIES
Conductor: David Angus Director: Leon Major Set Designer: John Concklin Dramaturgy: Magda Romanska
Tommy, Pamela, Patrick, and Monty, four contemporary university students are on an archeological visit to the Mayan ruins. Tommy (Tamino) is bitten by a snake, and as the venom enters his veins, he begins to hallucinate—the power of his altered state draws his companions into his dream, and they are suddenly and violently swept up into the pyramid they have come to visit.