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