Magda Romanska

writer and dramaturg






AFFILIATIONS


EMERSON COLLEGE, DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMING ARTS

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
 
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, THE MINDA DE GUNZBURG CENTER FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, DAVIS CENTER FOR RUSSIAN AND EURASIAN STUDIES

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA

LITERARY MANAGERS AND DRAMATURGS OF THE AMERICAS


THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES

THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

THE DRAMATURGS' NETWORK

CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE NETWORK

THE SOCIETY OF AUTHORS


INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE INSTITUTE: WORLD PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR THEATRE RESEARCH

AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THEATRE RESEARCH

PERFORMANCE STUDIES INTERNATIONAL

AMERICAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ASSOCIATION

INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ASSOCIATION

POLISH THEATRE PERSPECTIVES JOURNAL

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR POLISH-JEWISH STUDIES

POLISH STUDIES ASSOCIATION

AMERICAN POLISH  ADVISORY COUNCIL

THE GREATER BOSTON THEATRE ALLIANCE

NEW ENGLAND THEATRE CONFERENCE

STAGE STATUS

85 BROADS: GLOBAL WOMEN'S NETWORK

STANFORD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

CORNELL CLUB OF BOSTON












NEWS

3/14 - Verdi's Rigoletto opens at Boston Lyric Opera - see production history at BLO blog.

3/14 - Verdi's Rigoletto - The History of the Court Jester - see more at Boston Lyric Opera blog.


2/14 - Post-show talk back for Tadeusz Slobodzianek's Our Class at the Boston Center for American Performance.

1/14 - "Offstage, Dramaturgs are playing a prominent role" - feature article about dramaturgy in
The Boston Globe.

1/14 - "Meet the Dramaturg" - follow up interview for Boston Lyric Opera.
 
11/13 - Lizzie Borden: The Opera opens at Boston Lyric Opera - See dramaturgy production guide at BLO website.

11/13 - "Lizzie Borden: An American Icon" - BLO Dramaturg Magda Romanska talks to Cheree Carlson. See more at Boston Lyric Opera Blog.

11/13 - "Lizzie Borden at the Castle" -  "the tale at the center of this work has clearly not relaxed its grip on our cultural imagination."
- See more at The Boston Globe.

11/13 - "BLO offers an updated Lizzie Borden that retains a sharp edge" - "a truly terrifying and startlingly contemporary aspect to this depiction of madness." - See more at Boston Classical Review.

 11/13 - I am a co-writer for The Fall, which opens in Nov. in NYC. A multi-media theater performance devised by a group of international artists, The Fall examines the world's relationship to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. 


11/13 - Book chapter on "Women Directors in Poland" forthcoming in International Women Stage Directors -  See more at The University of Illinois Press


11/13 - American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Conference, Dallas, TX - “Away from Drama: Debating Postdramatic Theatre” Working Group -  See more at ASTR


10/13 - Harvard University, guest lecture: "Of Drammatology: The Post-traumatic Sign in the Works of Tadeusz Kantor" - See more at The Mahindra Humanities Center

10/13 - The Magic Flute: A Conversation with Professor Neal Zaslaw, from Cornell University - See more at Boston Lyric Opera Blog

10/13 - Boston Lyric Opera's Interpretation of The Magic Flute - See more at Boston Lyric Opera Blog

10/13 - Historical Background behind Mozart's The Magic Flute - See more at Boston Lyric Opera Blog

10/ 13 - Review: ‘The Magic Flute,’ presented by Boston Lyric Opera - See more at The Boston Globe

9/13 - Essay: “Last Tango in Poland. Farewell to Sławomir Mrożek: 1930-2013" - See more at Theater Magazine


The City Garage presents
the World Premiere of
Opheliamachine
by Magda Romanska


This bold new text conveys the complexity of a century of women’s experiences in a series of kaleidoscopic episodes.


City Garage Theatre - "The Best Theatre Company in LA" - LA Weekly

"Opheliamachine Takes on Influential 20th-Century Theatre Work" - Cultural Weekly

 
"City Garage offers a feminist rejoinder to Heiner Muller's Hamletmachine" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Opheliamachine an uncompromising vision at City Garage" - LA Times

"The New Age of Ophelia" - Santa Monica Daily Press

"GO: Theatre to see in LA: Opheliamachine" - LA Weekly (pdf)

"Forging Meaning: Opening the Curtain" - Opheliamachine on radio KCRW (NPR)


"This Week in Theatre: Opheliamachine" - The Los Angeles Post (pdf)

"Opheliamachine review - Showmag.com


7/13 - University of London,  Central School of Speech & Drama Conference - See more at "Song, Stage and Screen"


6/13 - Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology reviewed in The Cosmopolitan Review

6/13 - Vancouver, Canada - Literary Managers and Dramaturgs Conference - See more at  The University Caucus

6/13 - Stanford University - Performance Studies International Conference, invited panelist for "Dramaturgy and Performance Studies" Panel

6/13 - The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor reviewed in PERFORMER (in Polish) /and (in English, pdf)

5/13 - University of Copenhagen Conference, Denmark - See more at "AfterShock: Post-traumatic Cultures Since the Great War" Conference


 
4/13 - "A provocative blog post making one case for a National American Theater - Magda Romanska posts a wide-ranging, historic, international perspective on American theater vs. national theater traditions" - See more at The National Performing Arts Convention

4/13 - Yale University, guest lecture: "Of Drammatology: Form and Content in Performative Exchange" - See more at Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale
 
4/13 - University of Toronto,  American Comparative Literature Association Conference - Seminar: "The Politics as Theatre/ Theatre as Politics"

3/13 - "How the Holocaust shaped theatre: Emerson Professor describes its impact on Polish theatre" - Interview with The Jewish Advocate (pdf)

3/13 - Yale University Symposium, guest panelist: “Poetry as a Practice of Encounter,” Interdisciplinary Performance Studies Conference - See more at Grotowski + Performance Research

2/13 - Article: "Grotowski and Kantor: Theatre and Theory" anthologized in Jerzy Grotowski: L’eredità vivente (Academia University Press, Italy)

1/13 - Review of Mabou Mines's "Dollhouse" published at Hotreview.org


1/13 Book: The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor at #12 on Amazon Hot New Theatre releases

12/12 - The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor released - now available on Amazon.com



10/12 - University of Toronto, Drama Center, guest lecture: "Performing After Auschwitz: The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor"

09/12 - 08/12 - Book: Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology now available on Amazon Kindle (Oberon Books: London)

08/12 - Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology launches at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival

08/12 - Article: "Chekhov in the Age of Globalization" anthologized in Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations (Routledge: New York - London)

04/12 - Magda Romanska's "a brilliant piece of tongue-in-cheek satire" - "How I Survived Socialism" published in The Cosmopolitan Review




06/12 - "Richard Foreman in conversation with Magda Romanska" at Hotreview.org

04/12 - Tufts University, Department of Drama: invited panelist - "Cultural and Linguistic Translation in the Theatre"

04/12 - Café Variations (SitiCompany) opens at
ArtsEmerson



04/12 -
Café Variations blog, "A Constellation of Moments" - See more at  ArtsEmerson

03/12 - Awarded Faculty Advancement Fund Grant, Emerson College

01/12 - Conversation with John Huston, polar explorer - See more at
ArtsEmerson

12/11 - Magda Romanska wins the 2011 Aquila Polonica Prize from the  Polish Studies Association for best article written in English

11/11 -  Interview: "Magda Romanska: Conversation about art, theatre and other disasters" - See more at 
African-American Playwrights Exchange (AAPEX)

08/11 - Awarded the Thesaurus Poloniae Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Cracow

12/10 - Magda Romanska wins the 2010  Gerald Kahan Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research for "Best Essay Written and Published in English in a Refereed Scholarly Journal"

Magda Romanska, M.A., Ph.D.
is a writer, dramaturg and theatre scholar. She is Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College, and Dramaturg for Boston Lyric Opera. 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. 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.

FULL BIOGRAPHY


"A brilliant cross-disciplinary comparative  analysis that joins a new path in theatre studies, revitalizing the artistic heritage of two great twentieth-century masters: Tadeusz Kantor and Jerzy Grotowski."
 - Antonio Attisani, Department of Humanities, University of Turin, Italy

"This is a lucidly and even beautifully written book.  This will be the book on the subject the author set out to explore and it’s very rare that one can say that about any book!"
- Anne Rothe, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Wayne State University


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"I place Boguslaw Schaeffer's genius firmly at the centre of the European cultural heritage which expressed avant-gardism during my life-time."
Richard Demarco
, Legendary promoter of the visual and performing arts.

"Romanska’s translations not only bring Schaeffer’s unique works to an English speaking audience, but do so in a way that preserves the rhythm, humor, and linguistic play of the originals. They are a pleasure to read and frequently offer irreverent, surprising, and entertaining perspectives on contemporary art."
- Alena Aniskiewicz,
The Cosmopolitan Review


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"The selection of essays aims to view dramaturgy in an innovative way and takes into consideration the change of conditions in the ways art and society do connect to each other, including the connections between the performative arts and media." 

"This book will have a solid academic appeal at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. Theatre administrators, literary managers and dramaturgs will also find it of interest. Essential for dramaturgy students."


Forthcoming in 2014

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