List of notable signatories

Notable signatories: 94 verified.

Name Position and affiliation, or personal comment Date signed
Dr. Joan Thomson Kretschmer, Ph.D.

Artistic Director, Founder, The Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York (20th Anniversary, 2018); writer; numerous articles on music for NY Post, NY Times, etc.

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"

Mr. Tony Lee

#1 NY Times Bestselling Writer of movies, TV, comics, audio; licenses include Doctor Who, Spider Man, X Men, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Dracula, Superboy, etc.

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

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)

Prof. Felicia Hardison Londre, Ph.D.

Curators' Distinguished Professor of Theatre, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Dean, College of Fellows of the American Theatre, Kennedy Center, 2012-2014

Dr. Saladin D. Meckled-Garcia, Ph.D.

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

Bob Meyers

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

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

Dr. David Montee, D. Phil.

Actor, Director, Theatre Instructor, Interlochen Center for the Arts (30 yrs); many awards; Distinguished Teacher, US Dept. of Ed. Presidential Scholars program

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.

John Mulholland

Film Historian, Writer, Director; numerous documentary films, incl. “Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen,” “On Macbeth,” “On A Christmas Carol,” “Elmore Leonard”

Peter William Murphy, M.A.

Retired Circuit Judge; author of the acclaimed "Walden of Bermondsey" series. The case for Mr. Shakspere is very weak. "Reasonable doubt" is an understatement.

James Newcomb

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

Paul E. Nicholson

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

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.)

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)

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

Mr. Mark Olshaker

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

Mr. David L. Ormond Jr., J.D.

Deputy Attorney General, Delaware, 24 years of service, Retired

Mr. Jonathan Ostlund, M.A.


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

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

Prof. Anthony John Pointon, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor; formerly Director of Research, Univ. of Portsmouth & Chairman, International Dickens Fellowship; author, "The Man Who Was Never Shakespeare"

Oliver Pookrum

Founder of the Pookrum Playhouse and the African-American Theater Lab

Dr. Luke Prodromou, Ph.D.

MA, Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham; PhD, Applied Linguistics, U. of Nottingham; author of 20+ books; co-author of award-winning "Dealing with Difficulties."

Mr. David Lea Robbins, J.D.

Author of 15 novels and 4 plays; Writer in Residence, College of William & Mary, 2007-2009; Visiting Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2010-present

Michael D. Rubbo, M.A.

Director, "Much Ado About Something," award-winning documentary on the case for Christopher Marlowe; co-winner, Hoffman prize. Former lecturer on film, Harvard.

Prof. Don Rubin

Editor, World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre; Former Chair, Dept. of Theatre; Former Director, Grad. Program in Theatre Studies, York University, Toronto

Mr. Mark Rylance

Actor; Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 1995-2006; Associate Artist, Royal Shakespeare Company; Chairman, The Shakespearean Authorship Trust.

Prof. Bernd E. H. A. Schuenemann

Professor Emeritus; Dr honoris causa mult; Director, Institute for Lawyer's Law; former Chair, Criminal Law, Philosophy, Sociology of Law, University of München

Prof. Jack M. Shuttleworth, Ph.D.

Professor of English, Emeritus, United States Air Force Academy; long time Oxfordian; editing the Oxfordian edition of Hamlet.

Dean Keith Simonton, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychology, University of California at Davis; Sir Francis Galton Award for the Study of Creativity, 1996.

Mr. Edward Smith

Former CEO, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Simon Rattle, Music Director) and of Toronto and Gothenburg (Gustavo Dudamel, Music Dir.) Symphony Orchestras

Frank-Patrick Steckel

German theatre director (Hoffmann, Shakespeare und das Deutsche Theater im XX. Jahrhundert)

John Paul Stevens

Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Prof. Peter A. Sturrock, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics, Stanford University; author, "AKA Shakespeare: A Scientific Approach to the Authorship Question"

Geir Håvard Uthaug, M.A.

Norwegian writer/poet/translator; biographer of William Blake & Henrik Wergeland; translator of Blake, Conrad, Shakespeare (Richard II), others; numerous awards

Prof. Andreas von Arnauld

Director, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, University of Kiel, Germany, founded in 1914

David Rains Wallace, M.A.

Nature writer and conservationist; author of twenty books, including “The Monkey’s Bridge” and “The Klamath Knot,” winner of numerous literary awards and honors

Mr. Alexander Evelyn M. Waugh

Author of several books, including "Time", "God", "Fathers & Sons", "House of Wittgenstein"; Editor, 42 Vol. "Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh", OUP (forthcoming)

Mr. Robert Wolf, M.A.

American writer and journalist; recipient of Bronze Medal Award for radio commentary, Sigma Delta Chi Award, both from the Society of Professional Journalists

Dr. Alan L. Woods, D. Phil.

Emeritus Director, Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, Ohio State University; Central Ohio Theater Critics Circle Roy Bowen Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. Michael York, M.A.

Actor and author, "A Shakespearean Actor Prepares"


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