Magda Romanska is a Professor of Theatre at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and Principal at metaLAB (at) Harvard. She is also the Chair of the Transmedia Arts seminar at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center, where she curates a series of lectures on transmedia arts. She serves on the advisory board of DigitalTheatre+ and is a member of Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. At Harvard, she is also a Research Associate at the Center for European Studies and at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Her research focuses on the intersection of art, humanities, technology, and transmedia, including multiplatform and metaverse dramaturgy, human-AI interaction in performance, and the ethics and representation of post-human enhancements. She is the founder of drametrics, a quantitative, computational analysis of dramatic texts.
She is the Founder, Executive Director, and Editor-in-Chief of TheTheatreTimes.com, the largest global digital theatre portal. In this role, she leads a team of over 150 Regional Managing Editors worldwide, covering theatre in over 90 countries and regions. The Theatre Times launched Performap.org, an interactive digital map of theatre festivals, funded through the Yale Digital Humanities Lab and an LMDA Innovation Grant; and IOTF: International Online Theatre Festival, a yearly streaming global theatre festival, which so far has reached over a million participants. In 2021, the IOTF won a second-place Culture Online International Award for “Best Online Project,” chosen among 452 projects from 20 countries.
Romanska is the author or editor of five critically acclaimed scholarly books, and a recipient of 2021 Mass Council Artist Fellowship, and Apothetae and Lark Theatre Playwriting Fellowship from Time Warner Foundation, as well as the winner of the Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. She has taught courses on theatre and transmedia at Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Cornell University, and Emerson College. She graduated from Stanford and received her doctorate at Cornell University.