Welcome to our 2022-23 Season!

This will be our 3rd Season via Zoom (35th or so overall) and it’s wonderful to have international speakers and an international audience. Join us on October 15th at 11am PDT on Zoom. Our 1st event of the new season is traditionally a fundraiser as we no longer fundraise via snail mail. By using either the Event Link or our direct PayPal link, you can support this event or our whole season. No one will be turned away, so please email us for the link, if you would like to attend but do not wish to make a donation at this time.

Our first speaker is Peter Dawkins. Peter is a specialist in sacred architecture and a pioneer in the rediscovery of landscape temples and the Western geomantic tradition. He is the Founder-Director of the Zoence Academy and Elder of Gatekeeper Trust, dedicated to evolving an understanding, care and healing of man’s natural environment. He has written several books, including Francis Bacon: The Herald of the New Age. We are very excited to hear him talk about Francis Bacon with regard to the Shakespeare Authorship Question.

Our second speaker, Ros Barber is a writer, academic and speaker.  She is a senior lecturer in the English and Comparative Literature Department of Goldsmiths, University of London, since 2013, having previously taught Creative Writing for 12 years at the University of Sussex. She is a literary historian focused on the Early Modern period, in particular, the poet and dramatist Christopher Marlowe, and his social circle. Her debut novel The Marlowe Papers (2012) won the Desmond Elliott Prize.

Our third presenter, Rosemary O’Loughlin, is an actor and a Shakespeare lover. In 2022 she debuted her one woman show, “A Rose by Any Other Name” at Edinburgh Fringe. Rosemary is an Oxfordian and we are thrilled to have her share a live excerpt from her piece via Zoom. Her Instagram handle is @shakespearedevere. Her Twitter handle is @shakesmonologue.

We hope to see you there to discuss whether or not Elizabethan England was the world’s greatest Salon or the birthplace of a single, literary genius!

Roundtable Publishes Lecture Schedule for 2012-2013

The Roundtable recently published its lecture series schedule for 2012-2013. As engaging and elucidating as last season was, the upcoming group of speakers is like our Olympic athletes: pushing the game forward, sometimes by miles, sometimes by a hundredth of a second.

SAR Lecture Series

Professor Jeffrey Kahan

Beginning on September 15, Professor Jeffrey Kahan examines Shakespeare and the Occult. Drawing from his forthcoming book on the subject (to be published by Palgrove), Kahan looks at Alfred Dodd’s and Percy Allen’s attempts to speak to the “spirits” of Francis Bacon and Edward DeVere, respectively. Professor Kahan has a Ph.D. from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, England. He is the author of Reforming Shakespeare, The Cult of Kean and Bettymania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture, as well as several other books and numerous articles in scholarly journals. Kahan will inform, intrigue and entertain!

Louis Fantasia

Apropos of the fiery political season, Louis Fantasia – who speaks just four days after the U.S. Presidential Election – will address with his own iconic exuberance Shakespeare and Politics. Louis is an internationally  esteemed actor, director, Shakespearean scholar and teacher; not to mention longtime friend and member of SAR’s Board of Advisors. In Louis’ case, “topical” is an understatement.

Sylvia Crowley Holmes

Sylvia Crowley Holmes takes us back to the Italy of Shakespeare’s Othello. Sylvia comes from an authorship lineage of at least two generations. Her father, former Mayor of Pasadena, John Crowley and her mother, Barbara W. G. Crowley were friends of Ruth Lloyd Miller and helped found the Roundtable over twenty-five years ago. A superb artist, singer, student of all things Elizabethan and secretary of SAR, Sylvia has a rich, multi-faceted understanding of authorship issues, including the intriguing “Italian Question.” Recall with delight her live concert with Sally Mosher last season, and look forward to her eloquent thoughts in January.

Dr. Roger Stritmatter

Dr. Roger Stritmatter is at the vanguard of the movement to establish the Shakespeare authorship question as not just a respectable subject for the academy, but an essential one. As a student at the University of Massachusetts, Roger was the first Ph.D candidate allowed to complete a dissertation on authorship, focusing on Shakespeare and the Geneva Bible. Since then, Stritmatter has continued to publish brilliant original work on Shakespeare and the modern imagination, censorship and literature, authorship identification theory and the Bible as literature. He is also the general editor of Brief Chronicles, a peer reviewed journal of Shakespearean authorship studies. We eagerly anticipate Roger’s talk next June on Early Sources of the Tempest.

Members Only at “Chez Mosher”

And then there’s the splendid event scheduled at “Chez Mosher!” Sally Mosher is an artistic gift to the world, and benefactor par excellence to SAR. A composer (mostly on the harpsichord), musician, painter, designer, and esteemed lecturer on Renaissance music and culture of the 16th century, Sally also received her Juris Doctor from the USC School of Law and is a member of the California Bar. Plus she has a really cool house. For several SAR seasons, Sally has generously hosted a very special afternoon of music, high tea and conversation that would be the envy of Elizabeth herself. A Members Only event, this is worth your dues, and a lot more. Join us if you can on. March 17th.

All SAR speaking events are FREE and Open to the Public (except the afternoon at Chez Mosher, which is MEMBERS ONLY). Of course the lectures are held locally in Beverly Hills, but we’re going to try and get as many of the talks as possible uploaded to our website, either in video or print format. If you’re in the area, please join us. But no matter what, we ask that you support the Roundtable with your membership and donations.

Mail Membership Dues to: 

Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable,

PO BOX  76,  Beverly Hills, CA 90213

Lectures are from 10:30-12:30pm

Roxbury Recreation Center, Room 101

471 S. Roxbury Dr. (Corner Roxbury & Olympic),

Beverly Hills, CA 90212