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As trustees and associates we are not of one opinion ourselves concerning the authorship. We purposefully maintain a group of varied opinion in order to serve the space between different authorship societies and individuals, including those who believe that William Shakspere of Stratford is the author of the Shakespeare works. Our common aim is to encourage a beneficial sharing of insight while also refining and sharpening the enquiry.

Professor William Leahy (Chair)

is Head of the School of Arts at Brunel University, West London, UK. His research specialises in Elizabethan processions, Shakespeare's history plays and, more recently, issues concerning Shakespeare and authorship. He has published widely on both Shakespeare and early modern spectacle, culminating in a book entitled Elizabethan Triumphal Processions, published in May 2005. He is the convenor for the MA in Shakespeare Authorship Studies and has edited a collection of essays on the subject, Shakespeare and his Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question, published in 2011. He is currently preparing to deliver his MA in Shakespeare Authorship Studies as a distance learning course.

Julia Cleave

MA (Oxon) is a member of the academic board of the Temenos Academy. She originally studied Shakespeare with Professor Hugo Dyson, the most puckish of the Inklings, the literary group based in Oxford which included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Subsequently, in her career as a teacher and teacher trainer, she taught Shakespeare in the context of training courses for foreign teachers and lecturers sponsored by the British Council. Since 1998 she has worked as an independent scholar, tracing the presence of Hermetic traditions in Renaissance and seventeenth century art and literature. Her interest in the Authorship Question was first piqued by reading John Michell's Who Wrote Shakespeare? This interest has since deepened and developed through participation in Wisdom of Shakespeare workshops at The Globe, and the Shakespearean Authorship Trust conferences and lectures. She is a member of the Francis Bacon Research Trust and the De Vere Society.

Dr Kevin Gilvary

has recently been awarded his doctorate from Brunel University for his thesis Shakespearean Biografiction: how biographers rely on context, conjecture and inference to construct a life of the Bard. His interest in the Authorship Question was aroused by rumours in his home village of Titchfield in Hampshire that Shakespeare lived and wrote there under the patronage of the earl of Southampton. Subsequent investigation showed that these claims, as with much else in the biography of Shakespeare, were entirely speculative. He has held a number of posts with the De Vere Society over the last 15 years. The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship named him Oxfordian of the Year in 2011 for editing Dating Shakespeare's Plays: a Critical Review of the Evidence (Parapress 2010). He holds a BA and MA in Classics and an MA in Applied Linguistics, all from the University of Southampton. He taught English at a Sixth Form College in Hampshire for twenty years.

Mark Rylance

Actor, author, and Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe between 1996 and 2006. A professional actor since 1980, he has acted in 50 productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Mark is an Associate Artist of the RSC, a friend of the Francis Bacon Research Trust and Francis Bacon Society, President of the Marlowe Society and an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple Hall. His first play, I am Shakespeare, premiered in Chichester in August 2007. His second play, Nice Fish, premiered at The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis in 2013. Mark has most recently played Richard III and Olivia at Shakespeare’s Globe and The Apollo Theatre. Before that he appeared as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jerusalem.

Gregory Thompson

is Creative Entrepreneur in Residence, University College London. He is an award winning theatre director creating productions that combines ensemble performances with innovative stagings and actor-audience relationships. Greg has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic amongst others in the UK and his own company AandBC has performed Shakespeare all over world. At UCL he matches scientists with performing artists to enhance, extend and disrupt academic activities to yield deeper or more surprising research outcomes; and applies creative and collaborative practices to various enterprise activities.

Lisa Wilson

graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in International Relations, Sports Administration and Theatre Arts. She has been documenting the Shakespeare Authorship Question for over two decades. She is also the co-founder of 1604 Productions; specializing in Shakespeare Authorship research & development and film production (1604Films). She provided script-consulting services on the motion picture Anonymous (Columbia Pictures, 2010 ) and produced & directed a 85-minute documentary film on the Shakespeare Authorship Question entitled Last Will. & Testament (First Folio Pictures, 2011).

Director of Research

Dr Rosalind Barber

is a lecturer in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London and a founder member of the International Marlowe Shakespeare Society. Critically acclaimed debut novel The Marlowe Papers (Sceptre 2012 UK, St Martin’s Press 2013 US) was winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2013, joint winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2013, and long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013. Her PhD in English Literature was first in the UK on the Shakespeare Authorship Question; her academic articles on early modern literary biography and authorship attribution studies have been published in Rethinking History, the Journal of Early Modern Studies, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Critical Survey, Notes and Queries, and Christopher Marlowe the Craftsman (Ashgate 2010). Three times joint winner of the Calvin & Rose G Hoffman prize for a distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe (2011, 2014, 2018), she is also author of the growing authorship question compendium Shakespeare: The Evidence.


Through our circle of Associates we endeavour to develop and sustain good relations with all those researching the authorship of the Shakespeare Canon.

Charles De Vere Beauclerk: Author of Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth (2010)
Dr Tarnya Cooper: Sixteenth-century Curator of The National Portrait Gallery
Peter Dawkins, M.A., Dip.Arch. : Founder-principal of the Francis Bacon Research Trust. He received an award for distinguished scholarship in Shakespeare Authorship Studies from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Michael Frohnsdorff, MA. : Past chairman, and currently vice-president and research officer, of the Marlowe Society. Has published works on Marlowe and the Elizabethan period, and Marlowe's local history connections in Kent.
Stephanie Hopkins Hughes: Editor of The Oxfordian
Sir Derek Jacobi: Actor
Carole Sue Lipman: Chair of The Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable
Professor William Rubinstein: Historian, Co-author of The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare
Randall Sherman: Past President of the Shakespeare Oxford Society
Earl Showerman MD: Former trustee of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition and the Shakespeare Fellowship
Professor John Spiers Former Vice-Chairman and Librarian of the Francis Bacon Society. Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London
Hank Whittemore is an author and actor whose 900-page book The Monument (2005) presents a new 'macro' theory of the Sonnets from an Oxfordian perspective.
Robin Williams: Founder of The Wilton Circle; Author of Sweet Swan of Avon: Did a Woman Write Shakespeare?
Professor Michael Wood: Historian; Presenter of In Search of Shakespeare
Professor Daniel Wright: Director of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre, Concordia University