List of notable signatories

Notable signatories: 121 verified.

Name Position and affiliation, or personal comment Date signed
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


Mr. Jonathan Jackson

Poet, author and actor. Winner of Royal Literary Magazine Award, Distinction of Excellence. Associate Dean and Primary Lecturer at Theoria School of Filmmaking.

Sir Derek Jacobi

Shakespearian Actor

Prof. Lucia F. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley

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?"

Mr. Graham Jones, M.Sc.

Co-director Kinetic Energy Theatre Company

Mr. Kirk Jones

Writer/Film Director; BAFTA nominated; Member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; best known for “Waking Ned Devine,” “Nanny McPhee,” “Everybody’s Fine”

Dr. Milo Jones, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, IE University; co-author, "Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001," Stanford University Press, 2010.

Joy Juckes, M.F.A.

Voice and Speech Specialist, Acting Coach, Actor; MFA, York University, Acting/Voice/Speech Teaching; over 20 years at universities, art schools, acting studios

Prof. Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou, Ph.D.

Professor, English Literature and Culture and Gender Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; General Editor, European Journal of English Studies

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

Ms. Ege Maltepe, M.A.

Actor, writer, director; BA, Bilkent Univ. Acting Dept., Ankara; MA, New Actors Workshops, New York; student of Mike Nichols, George Morrison; Fulbright Scholar

Dr. David John Matthews

Prominent English composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal and piano works. For details see, or enter my name at the Faber Music website.

Mr. Brunson McKinley, M.A.

American diplomat; many posts in Europe, Asia; Ambassador to Haiti; Director General, International Organization for Migration, 1998-2008; MA, Classics, Harvard

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

Ms. Tedde Moore

My family helped create Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival and felt the Canon was as a Bible. Yet even before playing there, I had doubts about authorship.

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

Dr. Robert Phillips, LL.M.

San Francisco trial attorney, Marin County Commissioner; former Associate Professor of Business Law and Political Science, American College of London

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

Douglas Post

Playwright, Composer and Lyricist; Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble; Instructor at the University of Chicago Graham School.

Christopher McKenzie Priest

Author of more than twenty novels and story collections, winner of James Tait Black Prize for Fiction, Arthur C. Clarke Award and the World Fantasy Award.

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."

Daniel Reitz, M.F.A.

Playwright, Screenwriter; recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, residencies; plays include Urban Folk Tales, which he adapted as the feature film Urbania.

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


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