Dr James Lovelock

Course Leader BA Musical Theatre and BA Drama and Musical Theatre

James Lovelock
Email address: james.lovelock@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323107 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Musical Theatre


James is a musical theatre academic with a background in improvising and creating musical theatre. He was the original musical director for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, and his musical Sunshine Guy was premiered at the University of Birmingham in 2013 and subsequently performed at the Landor Theatre in February 2013 as part of the From Page to Stage series. James is the director of Baron Sternlook Productions, which produced two full runs of Baron Sternlook's Improvised Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 and 2015.

James graduated with a PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2017 after submitting his thesis titled 'Not Just For Gays Anymore: Men, Masculinity and Musical Theatre'. He has been involved in a range of LGBTQ initiatives including a concert performance of Soho Cinders as part of LGBT History Month in February 2015. James has over 15 years of teaching experience and has presented papers at both national and international conferences.

Research interests

  • New musical theatre writing
  • LGBTQ representation in musical theatre
  • Studies in masculinity and popular culture
  • Empirical research in audience response theory
  • Musical Theatre and the millennial generation
  • Standpoint theory in musical theatre


  • PhD in Musicology, University of Birmingham
  • PGCE Secondary Music, University of Central England
  • BMus Music, University of Birmingham


Conference Papers

  • Connections and the ‘core theme’ in musical theatre and opera, RMA Research Students Conference (University of Birmingham, UK) 2014
  • 'Changing My Major To Joan': LGBT representations in musical theatre, Song, Stage and Screen XI Conference (City University, New York) 2016
  • 'And the crowd went wild': approaches to audience response theory in musical theatre, Song, Stage and Screen XII Conference (Guildford School of Acting, UK) 2017


  • ‘Using the Klein Sexual Orientation Grid in sociological studies’ (Journal of Bisexuality, Vol.14 No.3, 2014)
  • 'Wishing for the normal': Creating queer-normative spaces in the 21st century musical in Rethinking Musical Theatre: Race, Culture and Identity (ed. Sarah Whitfield), Palgrave Macmillan - forthcoming 2018

Experience in industry

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 4DR008 - Musical Theatre Practice (module leader)
  • 4MU015 - Performance Workshop (module leader)
  • 5DR008 - Politics, Popular Performance and Musical Theatre
  • 5DR009 - Creating Musical Theatre (module leader)
  • 5MU014 - Performance in Practice (module leader)
  • 6SW001 - The Professional Project
  • 6DR005 - Contemporary Context of Musical Theatre
  • 6DR006 - Musical Theatre Production
  • 7SW015 - The Creative Product (module leader)

Employment History

  • Nov 2014-present: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre, University of Wolverhampton
  • May 2013-present: Director of Baron Sternlook Productions
  • June 2012-present: Member of Advanced Writing Lab at Mercury Musical Developments
  • Sep 2012-June 2016: Visiting Lecturer in Academic Skills and Critical Musicology at the University of Birmingham
  • Sep 2011-Oct 2014: Academic Writing Advisory Service Tutor and Workshop Facilitator at the University of Birmingham

Further information

Non-Teaching Responsibilities

  • Co-convenor of Musical Theatre West Midlands Writers' Hub