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Toronto Conference Schedule and Important Updates


Thursday,  17 October

12-1             Registration

1-1:15          Welcome. Opening of Conference.

1:15-2          Shelly Maycock  (Virginia)

“Essex, Oxford and the Concept of Popularity in Late Elizabethan Discourse.”  How the notion of popularity can be recast from an Oxfordian perspective.

2-2:45          Priscilla Costello  (Toronto)

“Astrology Confirms de Vere.”   A professional astrologer compares the  astrological charts of de Vere and “Shakespeare.”

2:45-3:30     Ron Halstead  (Michigan)

“Death of a Dictator: The Dangerous Timeliness of Julius Caesar and the Authorship Question.”  De Vere’s interest in rebellion.

3:30- 3:50    Coffee break

3:50 to 4:35  Walter Hurst  (North Carolina)

“What’s Your Authority for that Statement: An Approach to Examining External Evidence in Early Modern Authorship.” How to evaluate the strength of historical evidence.

4:35-6            Video: The Naked Shakespeare

A new video on the authorship question from Germany.

Friday, 18 October 

8:30-9:15       Ron Hess

“The Significant History of The Passionate Pilgrim.” Did this work predate both Venus and Adonis and Rape of Lucrece?

9:15-10          Heward Wilkinson  (UK)

“Coleridge and the Implications of Authorial Self-Awareness in Shakespeare.”   There is no sign that the Stratford man embodied the consciousness of “Shakespeare” while there is substantial testimony that Oxford did.

10-10:45         Michael Egan

“The Shakespeare Grain Dealer Uproar.”  The documented facts about Shakspere’s financial arrangements, when compared with the plays, show clearly that we are dealing with two distinct individuals, the man from Stratford and the man who wrote the plays.

10:45 –11:05   Coffee Break

11:05-11:50     Tom Regnier (Miami)

“Could Ben Jonson Think Like A Lawyer? Taking a Closer Look at Clarkson and Warren.”   A revaluation of the 1942 study on property law in Elizabethan drama which disparages Shakespeare’s legal knowledge.

11:50-12:35      Earl Showerman (Oregon)

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare’s Aristophanic Comedy.” Was Shakespeare acquainted with Athenian drama?  The former President of the SF explores the territory.

                                Lunch on own

3 p.m.               Bus leaves for the Stratford Festival
(Tom Regnier paper on “The Law and Merchant” on bus)

5 p.m.               Arrive at Stratford
Meeting with Antoni Cimolino (Director of Merchant)  followed by “on own’ dinner

8 p.m.               Merchant of Venice on Festival Stage

10:30 p.m.     Bus returns to Toronto (arrives about 12:30 a.m.)


Saturday, 19 October

8:30-9:30      Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Oxford Society

9:30-10:15      Cheryl Eagan-Donovan (Boston)

“The Reason for the Alias: Oxford’s Bisexuality and the Elizabethan Theatre.”  A look at the sexual behavior of both actors and audiences of the period suggests that Oxford’s Sexuality may have been a prime reason for the pseudonym.

10:15 to 11     Hank Whittemore (New York)

“The Unbroken Line: Oxford, Acting Companies and the Phenomenon of Shakespeare.”  A look at de Vere as guiding force behind the three most important acting companies of Elizabeth’s reign.

11 to 11:15      The Missing Debate: A Comment. Don Rubin and Keir Cutler

11:15 to 12      Roger Stritmatter (Baltimore) and Lynne Kositsky (Ontario)

‘Much Ado About Nothing: The Tempest Debate.” Two major scholars put the Tempest dating debate to rest.

12 to 12:15      The Tempest Book launch/signing (Roger and Lynne)

12:15 to 1:45  Lunch (buffet with Keynote)

Mark Anderson (Massachusetts)

“Shakespeare, Newton and Einstein: Listening to the Obsession of Genius.”  The author of the major de Vere biography, Shakespeare By Another Name looks at the nature of genius and obsession.

2 to 2:45       Robert Detobel/Henno Wember  (Germany)

“The Outcast State: Oxford’s Passion for the Theatre.”  Was it his love of the theatre that led to Oxford’s “outcast state?”

2:45 to 3:30    Keir Cutler (Montreal)

‘From Crackpot to Mainstream: The Evolution of the Authorship Question.”  Are the doubts about the man from Stratford becoming mainstream? An actor suggests that the answer is “yes.”

3:30 to 4:15      Sky Gilbert (Toronto/Hamilton)

“Was Shakespeare A Euphuist?”  The connections between Shakespeare and Lyly, between Endymion and Twelfth Night done with student actors.

4:15 to 4:35      Coffee break

4:35 to 6:35    Canadian Premiere Screening: Last Will and Testament.

Introduction of this full-length film by the directors – Lisa and Laura Wilson.


Sunday, 20 October

8:30 to 9:30    Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Fellowship

9:30-10:20       Ramon Jimenez (California)

‘Shakespeare’s Two Lear Plays: How the Playwright Transformed His First Romance into his Last Tragedy.”  From King Leir to King Lear.

10:20 to 11:20   Michael Morse (Memphis)

“What the Thunder Said and Tom O’Bedlam’s Song.”  Views of Lear.

11:20 -12:15       Gerit Quealey (New York)

“Studying Authorship: Why It Matters for Actors. The Road To Revelation.”  How authorship research can inform and illuminate A Text.” A working actor demonstrates her points with student actors.

12:15 to 2 p.m.   Closing Banquet with Keynote.  Awards and Final words.

    John  Shahan (California)

    “The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition: Future Strategies.” The head of SAC and one of the editors of the volume Shakespeare Beyond Doubt:  Exposing An Industry in Denial discusses plans for the coming year.


  • Rooms at the Metropolitan Hotel are going fast.  Please book by Sept. 17 to insure the special conference rate.
  • Tickets for the Stratford performance of Merchant of Venice cannot be guaranteed after Sept. 15. Please book by that date or risk your date with Shylock.
  •  Please add to your registration your choice of main course for the banquet on Sunday:  pan-seared salmon filet, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin or herbed portobello mushrooms and eggplant.  That is,  please choose Fish, Meat or Vegetarian option.


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