About the SAC
The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition (SAC) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity incorporated in the State of California for charitable and educational purposes. The SAC is dedicated to public education to increase awareness of long-standing doubts about the identity of William Shakespeare. The SAC does not advocate an alternative authorship candidate. We aim to establish reasonable doubt that Stratford's William Shakspere was really Shakespeare. Since there are good reasons to doubt Mr. Shakspere's authorship of the works, the issue should now be regarded as legitimate in academia, and should no longer be regarded as a taboo subject. This is the threshold issue in the authorship debate. The SAC was formed to focus on this issue.
Many Declaration signatories will favor an alternative authorship candidate, but the SAC itself is neutral about the true identity of the author, even to the extent of declining to claim that it could not possibly have been Mr. Shakspere of Stratford. Rather, the SAC's position is that there are grounds for "reasonable doubt" about the identity of the author, and the issue should, therefore, be widely regarded in academia as a legitimate subject for research, publication and instruction.
The SAC is not a membership organization, and we have no desire to compete with other non-Stratfordian organizations. On the contrary, we hope that our efforts will help them all to grow. Our only project is the promulgation and defense of the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt. The purpose of this site is to make it widely available, and provide an easy way for people to sign it. We also provide links to other sites for those who wish to learn more about the authorship issue.
We operate no online forum, or blog, to discuss the Shakespeare authorship issue or Declaration. There are many online forums for discussing Shakespeare, and some of them (but, interestingly, not all) allow discussion of the authorship issue. Please try to use them to discuss the Declaration.
SAC officers and board members serve without compensation.
Contact person: John M. Shahan, Chairman
The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition
310 North Indian Hill Blvd. #200
Claremont, California 91711
Phone: (909) 896-2006
Email: see "Contact us" page on this website
Sir Derek Jacobi
Associate Artist, Royal Shakespeare Company
Former Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London
Associate Artist, Royal Shakespeare Company
SAC Board of Directors
John M. Shahan, Chairman and CEO
MSPH, UCLA School of Public Health, Division of Health Services
Don Rubin, President
Professor Emeritus of Theatre, York University, Toronto
Managing Editor, Critical Stages
Bonner Miller Cutting, Secretary
B.F.A., Tulane University
Master of Music, piano performance, McNeese State University
Katherine Chiljan, Treasurer
Author and Historian
B.A. History, University of California at Los Angeles
Keir Cutler, Ph.D.
Canadian Actor and Author
Doctorate in Theatre, Wayne State University
Michael Dudley, MLIS, MCP
Librarian, University of Winnipeg
Master of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
Master of City Planning, University of Manitoba
M.A., English, Case-Western Reserve University
Former college English instructor, La Verne University
Founder and President, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (C.A.R.S.)
Robin Williams, M.A., Ph.D.
Doctorate in English (Shakespeare), Brunel University London
Master's in Shakespearean Authorship, Brunel University London
Numerous awards and honors for Shakespeare scholarship, teaching, speaking
Virginia J. Renner, Emeritus Board Member
M.A., Library Science, University of Wisconsin
Former Reader Services Librarian, Huntington Library
Board of Academic Advisors
Michael Delahoyde, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of English
Washington State University
Ren Draya, Ph.D.
Professor of British and American Literature
Blackburn College, Carlinville, Illinois
Warren Hope, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
William Leahy, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Brunel University, Uxbridge, U.K.
Felicia Londré, Ph.D.
Curators' Professor of Theatre
University of Missouri–Kansas City
A. J. Pointon, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Applied Physics
And former Director of Research
University of Portsmouth, U.K.
Dean Keith Simonton, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychology
University of California at Davis
Sir Francis Galton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Creativity, 1996
Peter A. Sturrock, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics
Richard M. Waugaman, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and
Faculty Expert on Shakespeare for Media Contacts