List of notable signatories

Notable signatories: 68 verified.

Name Position and affiliation, or personal comment Date signed
Mr. Joseph Adler

Producing Artistic Director at GableStage; winner of numerous awards for theatre and film directing, including a Clio and ten Carbonell Awards for Best Director

04/16/16
Alan K. Austin

Producer of documentary "The Shakespeare Mystery," Frontline (PBS). Author of novels "The Adagio" and (due in 2011) "A Walking Shadow" (involving Edward DeVere)

09/10/07
Prof. Babette Babich, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, NYC

08/19/12
Mr. Samuel Blumenfeld

Author of ten books on education in America, including "Alpha-Phonics" and "How to Tutor;" author of "The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection" (McFarland, 2008)

09/09/07
Prof. Daniel Jean Noël Bougnoux, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy (ret.), Stendhal University; author of 16 books on aesthetics, literature, communication; editor, Aragon's complete works in La Pléiade

09/29/14
Mrs. Helena Brodin Friberg

Swedish actress of The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm; appeared in more than 40 films and television shows, 1960 - 2000; co-author, “Täcknamn Shakespeare”

10/20/07
Prof. Edward I. Brodkin, Ph.D.

Lucretia L. Allyn Professor Emeritus of History, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

04/28/16
Dr. William J. Bullock, Ph.D.

Professor of Music Emeritus, Columbus (Georgia) State University; Executive Director, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus, GA

11/03/11
Ms. Sophy Burnham

Bestselling author of 13 books and award-winning plays, with works translated into more than 20 languages, and many millions of copies sold.

07/05/07
Mr. Michael William Cecil

8th Marquess of Exeter, 17th Earl of Exeter, 18th Baron Burghley

04/24/07
Charles Champlin

Former Arts Critic Emeritus, Los Angeles Times; founding member of the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable of Los Angeles.

04/17/07
Mr. Thomas Jewell Coad

Former President, Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

11/03/11
Prof. Roberto Colombo, Ph.D.

Professor of Cytology, University of Milan; internationally-recognized leader in the field; former Visiting Fellow, Warwick University Developmental Biology Lab

03/29/16
Keir C. Cutler, Ph.D.

Actor, playwright; doctorate in theatre. Adapted Mark Twain's "Is Shakespeare Dead?" Performed it across Canada, and it was televised nationally.

09/09/07
Dr. Jeffery W. Donaldson, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of English, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada; Poet and Author of “Slack Action” (2013), “Echo Soundings” (2014), “Missing Link” (201

04/27/16
Mr. Ben Donenberg

Artistic Director, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles; Juilliard graduate; Presidentially-appointed and US Senate-confirmed Member, National Council on the Arts

04/30/16
Prof. Allen R. Dyer, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC; former chairman of departments of psychiatry at two med schools

09/29/14
Peter Eisner

Author and Journalist; former editor and reporter, Washington Post, Newsday, Associated Press; wrote award-winning books The Freedom Line and The Italian Letter

04/28/16
Roland Emmerich

Film Director, Producer, Writer. I have serious doubts about the Stratford man's claim to the authorship of the plays attributed to him.

10/01/07
Mr. Louis Fantasia

President, Deep Springs College. Personally, I believe Shakespeare is Shakespeare; but I welcome the discussion.

04/30/07
Prof. James Fisher, M.F.A.

Head, Department of Theatre, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

09/22/10
Robin Fox

University Professor of Social Theory, Rutgers University; Founder, Department of Anthropology at Rutgers; Member of the National Academy of Sciences.

04/11/07
Mr. Gosta Friberg

Swedish writer, poet and translator; co-founder of the Writers' Centre; former editor, Lyrikvännen, winner of numerous awards; co-author, "Täcknamn Shakespeare"

10/20/07
Dr. Graeme Garrard, Ph.D.

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), Senior Lecturer, School of European Studies, Cardiff University

11/14/11
Mrs. Jepke Goudsmit

Co-director Kinetic Energy Theatre Company

12/15/11
Mr. Simon Gribben, M.B.A.

Award-winning writer, producer, director, editor of television news; several Emmys as a producer of specials, news series and sports series; five films in MoMA

04/28/16
Prof. Hans Gutzmann, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry, Charité Berlin, Germany; President, German Society for Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

09/29/14
Mr. Sebastian Harcombe

Course Director, BA Acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London (RADA)

07/20/08
Mr. Christopher L. Harris, M.F.A.

Professor of Theatre, Willamette University; Former President, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Chicago; Meritorious Achievement Awards, Kennedy Center/ACT Festival

11/02/13
Mr. Michael Heath

Actor, author, director, producer; Artistic Director, Red Wine Cinema

04/18/12
Mr. Gareth L. Howell, J.D.

President, St David's Welsh Society, DC; former president, World Affairs Council, Cincinnati; former programs director, UN Int’l. Training Center, Torino, Italy

10/12/07
Jeremy Irons

Actor

10/10/07
Sir Derek Jacobi

Shakespearian Actor

04/18/07
Kevin Orlin Johnson, Ph.D.

Religion scholar and columnist; author of several best-selling books on the Catholic religion, including "Why Do Catholics Do That?"

01/05/15
Mr. Graham Jones, M.Sc.

Co-director Kinetic Energy Theatre Company

12/15/11
Ekkehart R.A. Krippendorff, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Free University of Berlin; Shakespeare scholar, author of two monographs: "Politics in Sh's Dramas" and "Sh's Comedies"

04/20/10
Dr. Richard J. Leigh, M.D.

Blair-Daroff Emeritus Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Bachelor, MD degrees, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

04/28/16
Ms. Ellen Dinerman Little, M.A.

Co-President & co-founder of The Little Film Company; Executive Producer, Richard III, starring Ian McKellen (1995), and Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins (1999)

04/28/16
Dr. Saladin D. Meckled-Garcia, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Political Philosophy, Director: UCL Institute for Human Rights

11/06/11
Bob Meyers

President Emeritus, National Press Foundation; former reporter, "The Washington Post" (worked on Watergate investigation); twice nominated for Pulitzer Prize

12/09/15
Leigh Michaels

Best-selling author of over 100 books, published in 120 countries and 25 languages; winner of multiple awards for journalism, feature writing and romance novels

07/14/15
Dr. Mark Andrew Morris, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar-in-Residence, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta. As Canada's most-performed librettist, I cannot believe the Stratford man was the author.

09/09/07
James Newcomb

Actor, 14 seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Founding Company Member, Shakespeare & Co.; Artistic Excellence Award from the Shakespeare Oxford Society

08/18/10
Paul E. Nicholson

Executive Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the two largest theatres in the United States

09/21/10
Mr. Alexander Nitzberg, M.A.

Austrian poet and translator of literature from Russian and English into German (e.g. the complete sonnets of Edmund Spenser, works of Anna Akhmatova etc.)

12/14/12
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)

05/24/09
Mr. Jack Ofield

Emeritus Professor of Film, San Diego State University; veteran film/TV producer/director; Member, Directors Guild of America; Fellow, American Film Institute

04/17/16
Mr. Mark Olshaker

Documentary filmmaker; writer-producer of "Discovering Hamlet," novelist and nonfiction author; coauthor of "Mindhunter," other books on criminal investigation.

09/29/14
Chris John Pannell, M.A.

Author of six books of poetry, incl. “Drive,” winner of the Acorn-Plantos Peoples Poetry Prize in 2010; host of the “Lit Live” reading series, Hamilton, Ontario

05/22/13
Ann Pasternak Slater, Ph.D.

Former Fellow, St. Anne's College, Oxford; author, “Shakespeare the Director”; daughter of Eliot Slater, granddaughter of Gilbert Slater, also notable doubters

11/03/14

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