Alan Dessen is Peter G. Phialas Professor of English (Emeritus) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since 1994 he has been editor or co-editor of the "Shakespeare Performed" section of Shakespeare Quarterly; from 1994 to 2001 he was Director of ACTER (now AFTLS), A Center for Teaching, Education, and Research, a program that brings five U.K. actors to U.S. campuses for one-week residencies. His seven books in addition to the dictionary include Jonson's Moral Comedy (1971), Shakespeare and the Late Moral Plays (1986), Titus Andronicus (1989), and three other books for Cambridge University Press: Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters (1984); Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary(1995); and Rescripting Shakespeare: The Text, the Director, and Modern Productions (2002).
Leslie Thomson is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Toronto. She edited Middleton and Webster's Anything for a Quiet Life in Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (2010) and curated the exhibition titled Fortune: 'All is but Fortune' at the Folger Shakespeare Library and prepared the accompanying catalogue (2000). She was responsible for the review section, "Shakespeare's Life, Times, and Stage," in Shakespeare Survey 54, 55 and 56 and has published articles and chapters on a range of topics related to early modern stage directions and staging. She is the author of Discoveries on the Early Modern Stage: Contexts and Conventions (2018).