List of notable signatories

Notable signatories: 107 verified.

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

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

Prof. Peter Atterton, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Letters, San Diego State University; PhD from University of Essex; extensive work on Emmanuel Levinas

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)

Prof. Babette Babich, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, NYC

Mr. Matthew Eliot Ball

Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England. Shakespearean roles danced: Romeo, Lysander, Polixenes

James M. Bennett, M.B.A.

BFA in Theater; former artistic director, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Southern Utah; son of former U.S. Senator Robert Bennett (who first made me an Oxfordian)

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)

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

Joan Bray, M.Ed.

Member, Missouri Senate 2003-2010, Missouri House of Representatives 1993-2002 (Term-limited from both bodies); Director, Consumers Council of Missouri, 2013-16

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”

Prof. Edward I. Brodkin, Ph.D.

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

Dr. William J. Bullock, Ph.D.

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

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.

Mr. Michael William Cecil

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

Charles Champlin

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

Mr. Thomas Jewell Coad

Former President, Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

Norman Cohan

Director of The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, the largest privately owned historical manuscript collection in the world

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

Prof. Jean Patrick Connerade, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Physics, Imperial College, London; President, European Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters; Ohrid Academy’s World Prize for Humanism, 2018

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.

Mr. Ron Song Destro, M.F.A.

Kennedy Center Award-winning playwright. Artistic Director, Oxford Shakespeare Company. Former university professor. Academic Fields both theatre & English lit.

Dr. Alexandre R. Diaconu, Ph.D.

Composer-conductor, Theatre Director, Teacher; M.A., Sorbonne; Ph.D., National University of Film and Theatre, Bucharest; Founder and Headmaster, Ecole Broadway

Dr. Richard Smith Dixon Jr., Ph.D.

Head, Department of Modern and Classical Languages (1998-2019); Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia

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

Mr. Ben Donenberg

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

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

Prof. Henrik Eger, Ph.D.

Editor:; Producer-director: Multilingual Shakespeare, London; Retired English professor; German Translator, MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize mail

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

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.

Mr. Louis Fantasia

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

Dr. Luigi F. Ferrari

Chairman, Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani [National Institute of Verdian Studies, Parma, Italy]; former superintendent of the Arturo Toscanini Foundation

Prof. James Fisher, M.F.A.

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

Robin Fox

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

Richard France, Ph.D.

Playwright, Film/Drama critic, Author of “Orson Welles on Shakespeare,” the Choice Award-winning “The Theater of Orson Welles,” “Obediently Yours, Orson Welles”

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"

Dr. Graeme Garrard, Ph.D.

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

Prof. Jack A. Goldstone, Ph.D.

Sociologist/Historian; Hazel Professor of Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University; author/editor of 13 books and 150 articles

Mr. Art Goodtimes

Poet, journalist and Green Party elected official in Colorado. Former San Miguel County Commissioner (1996-2016); Western Slope Poet Laureate (2011-13)

Mrs. Jepke Goudsmit

Co-director Kinetic Energy Theatre Company

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

Ms. Jeannine Annette Grizzard, M.A.

M.A., Renaissance Drama, University of Warwick; M.A., Philosophy, Georgia State University; current Artistic Director, Ashland Contemporary Theatre, OR

Prof. Hans Gutzmann, M.D.

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

Mr. Sebastian Harcombe

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

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

Dr. Paul A. Harrison, Ph.D.

Author, five noted Penguin books on poverty and environment. Edited major reports for UN agencies FAO, UNFPA, UNEP. Global 500 award from UN Environment Program

Mr. Michael Heath

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

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

Ms. Jeris J. Huntington

Augmented and Virtual Reality Filmmaking Pioneer; 2016 Winner of Facebook Oculus Launchpad Award; descendant of Maud, Countess of Huntingdon (circa 1074-1130)

Mr. William M. Hurt

Academy and BAFTA Award winner

Jeremy Irons



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