Professor Olaf Jubin

Professor of Musical Theatre and Media Studies

Professional Biography

Olaf Jubin is a scholar with a broad range of research interests; as author, co-author, co-editor and journalist he has published widely in the areas of Media Studies and Musical Theatre. Apart from working as teacher and researcher at various Higher Education Insti­tutions in Bochum, Germany, and in London, where he has gained extensive experience in empirical research, he has also translated books and essays into German.

In late 2016, he jointly published the first two critical studies of British musical theatre. The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical (co-edited with Robert Gordon) contains 28 essays that constitute the first comprehensive academic survey of British musical theatre from its origins to its current state, while British Musical Theatre since 1950 (co-written with Robert Gordon and Millie Taylor) is the first scholarly book to examine the post-war British musi­cal by means of a series of case studies.

Olaf’is currently working on the first ever academic monograph on multiple Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice. He is also editing a collection of essays on Paris in the film and stage musical as well as co-editing The Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical. All of these projects are scheduled to appear in print in autumn and winter 2020.


  • PhD in Communication Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, 2003 (“summa cum laude”)
  • M.A. in Communication Studies, Comparative Literature and Film and Theatre Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, 1995 (“with distinction”)

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2007, Translator into German of several essays for the book Sexualität als Experiment: Identität, Lust und Reproduktion zwischen Science und Fiktion
  • 2006 – current, Part-Time lecturer and convenor of a study abroad course on the history of musical theatre, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • 2005 – 2007, Lecturer at the summer school in contemporary London theatre at Accent International Consortium
  • 2000 – 2007, Part-time lecturer in theatre history, history of musical theatre and film musicals, and text analysis at the Constantin School for the Performing Arts, Bochum
  • 2003 – current, Part-time lecturer on the MA in Musical Theatre, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • 2000, Translator into German of the book The Early History of German Motion Pictures 1895-1935 by D. B. Thomas for the Magnus Verlag GmbH, Essen.
  • 1995 – 2000, Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Communications and Journalism, Ruhr University, Bochum.
  • 1994 – 1995, Author of original lectures on musical theatre written for the Stella Musical Management GmbH, Hamburg.
  • 1994 – 1995, Collaborator on a research project on cross-promotion in the media



  • Jubin, O. (2017). Sondheim and Lapine’s Into the Woods. Fourth Wall Series. Lon­don: Routledge.
  • Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (eds.) (2016). The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. New York: OUP.
  • Gordon, R./Jubin, O./Taylor, M. (2016). British Musical Theatre since 1950. Lon­don: Methuen.
  • Jubin, O. (2005). Entertainment in der Kritik. Eine komparative Analyse von ameri­kanischen, britischen und deutschsprachigen Rezensionen zu den Musicals von Stephen Sondheim und Andrew Lloyd Webber. 2 volumes. Herbolzheim: Centaurus Verlag.
    (Cross-cultural study of American, British and German/Austrian theatre reviews)
  • Dickhut, I./Jubin, O./Stodiek, O. (eds.) (2003). “Sorry – das ist meine Meinung!“ State­­ments aus der Medienpraxis zu Relevanz und Funktion von Medienwissen­schaft. Bochum: Kamp Verlag. 
    (A collection of statements of people working in the media on the use and necessity of Media Studies)
  • Dickhut, I./Jubin, O./Stodiek, O. (eds.) (1997). Publizistik als Berufung. Wirken und Werk der publizistischen Persönlichkeit Heinz-Dietrich Fischer. Bochum: Brock­meyer Verlag. 
    (Festschrift; a collection of seminal essays by Professor Dr Dr Fischer)
  • Jubin, O. (1997). Bibliographie zur deutschen Privatfunk-Entwicklung. Literatur-Nachweise aus fünfundzwanzig Jahren, 1970-1995. Bochum: Brockmeyer Verlag. (Bibliography on the history of privately owned television channels in Germany) 
  • Fischer, H.-D./Jubin, O./Stodiek, O. (1996). Printmedien-Präsentation von Fernseh-Thematiken im Kontext der Wettbewerbssituation auf dem TV-Markt. Bochum: Brock­meyer Verlag. 
    (Study on cross-promotion in the media)
  • Fischer, H.-D./Jubin, O. (eds.) (1996): Privatfernsehen in Deutschland. Konzepte, Kon­kurrenten, Kontroversen. Frankfurt am Main: Verlagsgruppe Frankfurter Allge­meine Zeitung. 
    (First ever collection of essays on privately-owned German television stations)
  • Jubin, O. (1995). Die unterschätzte Filmgattung. Aufbereitung und Rezeption des Hollywood Musicals in Deutschland. Bochum: Brockmeyer 1995. 
    (Intercultural study of the way film musicals have been prepared for the German market through cutting, subtitling and dubbing)

Forthcoming books:

  • Jubin, O. The Lyrics and Dramaturgy of Tim Rice: In His Own Words. London: Rout­ledge, Autumn 2020.
  • Jubin, O. (ed.). Paris in the Musical: The City of Light on Stage and Screen. Lon­don: Routledge, Autumn 2020.
  • Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical. New York/London: OUP, Winter 2020.

Book Chapters:

  • Jubin, O. (2017). “The Trouble with ‘Little Girls’: Annie on the Big (and Small) Screen”, in Rodosthenous, G. (ed.). Twenty-First Century Film Musicals: Journeys from Stage to Screen. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 196-211.
  • Jubin, O. (2017). “Too Far ‘Out There’? The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, in Rodos­thenous, G. (ed.). The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen: Critical Ap­proaches from Snow White to Frozen. London: Methuen, pp. 101-116.
  • Jubin, O. (2016). “Tim Rice: the Pop Star Scenario”, in Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. New York/London: OUP, pp. 507-536.
  • Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (2016). “Introduction”, in Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. New York/London: OUP, pp. 1-28.
  • Jubin, O,. (2016): “Horses for Courses oder Mehr als ‚Zuschau’n Kann I Net‘: White Horse Inn als anglifizierte bzw. amerikanisierte Version von Im Weißen Rössl“, in: Grosch, N./Stahrenberg, C. (eds.): Im Weißen RößlNeue kulturgeschichtliche Perspektiven 1930-2015, Waxmannpp. 155-175.
  • Jubin, O. (2014). “It Takes Two: The Doubling of Characters and Actors in Sunday in the Park with George”, in Gordon, R. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies, New York/London: OUP, pp. 185-202.
  • Jubin, O. (2014). “Singin‘ in the Rain als Klassiker des amerikanischen Film­musi­cals“, in: Grosch N./ Brügge, J. (eds.): Singin‘ in the Rain: Kulturgeschichte eines Hollywood-Musical-Klassikers, Münster et al.: Waxmann, pp. 21-49.
  • Jubin, O. (2012) Lost in Translation? Die Werke Stephen Sondheims und ihre Re­zep­tion auf dem deutschsprachigen Musicalmarkt, in Juchem, E./Grosch, N. (eds.): Die Rezeption des Broadwaymusicals im deutschsprachigen Raum, Münster et. al.: Waxmann, pp. 177-201

Forthcoming Book Chapters:

  • Grant, Barry Keith (ed.). Book to Film: Cinematic Adaptations of Literary Works, Michigan: Gale Cengage Learning, late autumn 2018.
    Entries on “101 Dalmatians”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Mary Poppins”, “Pippi Longstocking” and “The Red Shoes”.
  • Jubin, O. “Introduction”, in Jubin, O. (ed). Paris in the Musical: The City of Light on Stage and Screen. London: Routledge, autumn 2020.
  • Jubin, O. “The Bachelor and the Courtesan: Versions of Gigi”, in Jubin, O. (ed). Paris in the Musical: The City of Light on Stage and Screen. London: Routledge, autumn 2020.
  • Gordon, R./Jubin, O. “Introduction”, in Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical. New York/London: OUP, winter 2020.
  • Jubin, O. “The German/Austrian ‘Drama Musical’”, in Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical. New York/London: OUP, win­ter 2020.

Edited Journals, Essays, Journal Articles and Book Reviews:

  • Jubin, O. (2018). “Book Review: Adrian Wright’s Must Close Saturday. The Decline and Fall of the British Musical Theatre Flop”. Studies in Musical Theatre. 12, No. 2, pp. 274-276.
  • Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (eds.) (2015). Studies in Musical Theatre – Themed Issue: Tel­ling the Tale – Adaptation as Interpretation, Vol. 9, No. 1.
  • Gordon, R./Jubin, O. (2015). “Editorial: ‘Telling the Tale’: Adaptation as Interpreta­tion”, Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 3-11.
  • Jubin, O. (2013): “The hills are alive with… My Songs, My DreamsThe Sound of Music in Germany and Austria”, Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 135-156.
  • Jubin, O. (2013): “Book review: Scott Miller’s Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Musi­cals”, Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 112-114.
  • Jubin, O. (2012). “There's No Escaping Nostalgia: The 1987 London Version of Fol­lies”. Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2012, pp. 199-212.
  • Jubin, O. (2010). “Experts without Expertise? Findings of a Comparative Study of American, British, and German-language reviews of musicals by Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber”. Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 185-197. 
  • Jubin, O. (2009). “From That's Entertainment! to That's Entertainment? Globali­za­tion and Consumption of the Hollywood Musical in Germany and Austria”. Studies in Musical Theatre, 3, No.3, pp. 235-252.
  • Jubin, O.  (2007) “Artful Translation Isn't Easy. Why Sondheim's Musicals Have Not Captured Audiences in Germany and Austria”. The Sondheim Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 8-11.

Research Supervision

At Goldsmiths, University of London, Olaf was joint supervisor of a PhD thesis which compared the factors for commercial success of musical theatre in London and New York. Since 2006 he has supervised more than 15 Senior Overviews, all with media-related topics. At the Ruhr-University Bochum the supervision of MA student dissertations was a regular part of his job.

Research Interests

General research interests include the musical on stage and screen, popular culture and post-war Japanese film. Over the course of his academic career, Olaf has conducted research on the dubbing and subtitling of film musicals, musical theatre reviewing in the USA, UK and Germany/Austria, cross-promotion in the media, the history of privately-owned TV channels in Germany as well as the relation between Media Studies and media practice. Current research activities include the history of the British Musical, James Bond as popular culture, the works of Stephen Sondheim, the works of lyricist Tim Rice, the film musical since 1989, the films of Brian de Palma and the career of Doris Day.

Grants Awarded

  • 2004 Winner of the “Preis an Studierende” for outstanding achievement in doctoral research, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 2004 Short-term appointment grant from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to support travel and subsistence in connection with teaching at Goldsmiths College    
  • 1993 Recipient of a John J. McCloy research fellowship in journalism from the American Council on Germany to research the American film and stage musical in Los Angeles and New York

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • 2013-current: research associate, “Pinter Centre for Research in Performance and Creative Writing”
  • 2012-current: founding member and member of steering group of the “British Musi­cal Theatre Research Institute” (BMTRI)
  • 2012-current: member of the editorial board of Studies in Musical Theatre

Other Outputs

Public and Media Appearances:

  • Pre-Performance Panel Discussion: “Chess”, English National Opera, 28 April 2018
  • Musical Theatre Talk (Podcast): No. 440 “What’s Rotten in New York”
  • Musical Theatre Talk (Podcast): No. 414 “Gypsy"

Journalistic Work:

Conference Papers Given

  • “A Voice Deep Inside’s Getting Stronger: the Use of Original Songs in Yentl”, When the Music Takes Over: Musical Numbers in Film and Television
    University of Salzburg, 03/2018
  • “Foreigners Welcome? Non-Anglophone Musicals on Broadway and in the West End”, Song, Stage and Screen XII: Musical Multiplicity, Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, 06/2017.
  • “Didn’t You Once Sing to Me in German?” – Tracking the Dubbing and Subtitling of Film Musicals for the German-language Market”, Putting It Together: Investigating Sources for Musical Theatre Research, University of Sheffield, 05/2016.
  • “Tales of the South Pacific: Reviving Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Classic Show in London and New York”, Song, Stage and Screen XI, CUNY, New York, 06/2016.
  • „Horses for Courses oder Mehr als ‚Zuschau’n Kann I Net‘: White Horse Inn als anglifizierte bzw. amerikanisierte Version von Im Weißen Rössl“,Im Weißen Rössl. Neue kulturgeschichtliche Perspektiven 1930-2015, University of Salzburg, St. Wolfgang, Austria, 04/2015.
  • “‘The Art of the Possible’: The Transformation of Evita from Concept Recording to Concept Musical”, Song, Stage, and Screen IX: The Art of Collaboration in Musical Theatre, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, 06/2014.
  • “Populärkultur in den deutschsprachigen Medien”,Populäres Musiktheater:Theoretische und Methodische Reflexionen zu einem Gat­tungsbegriff, Freie Universität Berlin, 06/2014.
  • “When Pop Icon Met Political Icon: the 1996 Film Version of Evita”, Restaging the Song: Adapting Broadway for the Silver Screen, University of Sheffield, 05/2014.
  • Singin’ in the Rain als Klassiker des amerikanischen Filmmusicals”, Singin’ in the Rain: Kulturgeschichte eines Hollywood-Musical-Klassikers, University of Salzburg, 07/2013.
  • “‘Gleek’ Mythology or How Recent and Current Television Hits Portray Training for and Performing in Musical Theatre”, Song, Stage, and Screen VIII: What We Do When We Do What We Do – Praxis and Performance in Musical Theatre, Central School for Speech and Drama, London, 07/2013
  • “The Hills Are Alive with...My Songs, My Dreams? The Disastrous Reception of The Sound of Music in Germany and Austria”, Song, Stage, and Screen VII: The Musical's Global Conquest, University of Groningen 07/2012 
  • “Sondheim at the Movies”, The Stephen Sondheim Society: Brush Up Your Sondheim, Royal Academy of Music, London, 07/2012.
  • “‘I Know Him So Well?' The Voice of Tim Rice in His Musicals”, Song, Stage, and Screen V: Interdisciplinary Approaches to ‘Voice' in MusicThea-tre and Film, University of Winchester, 09/2010
  • “One More Folly? The London Version of Follies”, Song, Stage, and Screen III: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Musical Stage, CUNY, New York, 04/2008
  • “Entertainment Experts? Patterns in the Reviewing of Musical Theatre”, Popular Culture & American Culture Association, Boston, 04/2007
  • “Globalisation and the Consumption of the Hollywood Musical in German and Austria”, Song, Stage, and Screen II: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Musical Stage, University of Leeds, 03/2007
  • “It Takes Two: The Doubling of Characters and Actors as Strategy in Sunday in the Park with George”, Stephen Sondheim – Collaborator and Auteur, Goldsmiths College, London, 11/2005

In June 2015, Olaf also convened the international conference Song, Stage and Screen X: The Star System in Musical Theatre and Film at Regent’s University London, which was attended by more than 60 scholars from 10 different coun­tries.

Teaching & Course Development

Since he started working at Regent's University London, Olaf has devised and taught 17 different courses at undergraduate level as well as five different courses at MA level in the areas of Media Studies and Musical Theatre. Together with Dr Valerie Kaneko Lucas and Anna Sullivan, he also developed the Acting Foundation course for the London School for Film, Media and Performance.

During the 2015 revalidation, he devised several media, theatre and film studies courses.


  • 2015-current: External Examiner on the BA in Musical Theatre, University of Ports­mouth
  • 2015: External Member on the Revalidation Panel of the MA in Music Theatre, Royal Central School for Speech and Drama University of London
  • 2011-2013: joint supervision of PhD in Musical Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2003-current: MA examining at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 1995-2000: advising on and examining of 20 MA dissertations (ranging in length from 150 to 400 pages)