2000 TONY AWARD WINNER: Special Tony for T. Edward Hambleton

Tony Awards   2000 TONY AWARD WINNER: Special Tony for T. Edward Hambleton A special 1999-2000 for Lifetime Achievement was given to T. Edward Hambleton, founder of the Phoenix Theatre.

A special 1999-2000 for Lifetime Achievement was given to T. Edward Hambleton, founder of the Phoenix Theatre.

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Hambleton founded the Phoenix Theatre with Norris Hughton in 1953, thereby becoming (New York Times, Sept. 25, 1980) "one of the pioneers of the Off-Broadway movement." After 29 consecutive New York seasons and 164 productions as Managing Director, Hambleton continues his commitment to new productions and emerging playwrights.

Under his stewardship, the Phoenix produced new works by such authors as Arthur Kopit, Frank Gilroy and John LaTouche, and classics by Bertolt Brecht, Sean O'Casey and Maxim Gorky. Actors appearing there included Helen Hayes, Irene Worth, Meryl Streep and Carol Burnett. Hambleton is a member of the Board of Directors of Baltimore's Center Stage and formerly served as a member of the Board of Governors of the League of American Theatres and Producers.

-- By David Lefkowitz