Performing Arts Associate Professor Magda Romanska won the Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America for her global theatre portal, TheTheatreTimes.com this past weekend.
Named in honor of Elliott Hayes, former dramaturg and literary manager at the Stratford Festival, the award recognizes excellence in dramaturgical work on a specific project over the past two years. Eligible projects may include productions, season planning and implementation, educational programming, or professional advocacy
TheTheatreTimes.com brings together theatre-makers and theatre lovers, facilitates global collaborative networks, and creates opportunities for interaction and creative development among a diverse group of theatre professionals and audience members.
“We used to believe that theatre needs to be local to be global,” Romanska said in prepared remarks. “But after almost two years, I am more convinced than ever that theatre – as it is now in our interconnected 24/7 global culture – needs to be global to be local.
“We want to be that virtual space where we reach out across borders, engage with theatre we might not understand, and step out of our own identities, whatever they might be, to look at the world through someone else’s eyes,” she said.
Romanska, executive director and editor-in-chief of TheTheatreTimes.com, launched the portal in 2016. Since going live, the site has developed 20 thematic sections, published more than 2,000 articles, and attracted more than 58,000 social media followers.
With more than 140 regional editors around the world, and hundreds of contributors and media partners, TheTheatreTimes.com is able to cover theatre daily in 80 countries and regions, making it one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive theatre portals available.
Romanska is the author or editor of four critically acclaimed books, including The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, a leading handbook of the discipline. She also is the editor of a 10-volume series on dramaturgy, and her fifth book, Theatre Machine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context, is forthcoming from NUP. Her research on theatre and performance has been recognized with two international awards from the American Society for Theatre Research and the Polish Studies Association.
She formerly has served on the editorial board of Theater magazine, the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, Diacritics Review Journal of Criticism and Theory, Journal of Law and Theatre, and Polish Theatre Perspectives Journal. She was a founding editor of Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine.
Romanska makes frequent media appearances and is a regular guest speaker at professional conferences and panels. She is a playwriting fellow at Lark Theatre in New York City and a research associate at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.