These eight people have changed the American Theatre. They are: Robert Brustein, founding director of Yale Rep and MA's American Repertory Theatre, where he still serves as artistic director
Alvin Colt, costume designer of The Golden Apple, Li'l Abner, Pipe Dream and the original Guys and Dolls
The late dancer-choreographer Peter Gennaro (Bells Are Ringing, West Side Story)
George Grizzard, whose recent roles include A Delicate Balance and Judgment at Nuremberg and who was the original Nick in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Co-founder and managing director of the Phoenix Theatre, T. Edward Hambleton
Drama critic (Saturday Review), former Drama Desk president and champion of Off-Broadway Henry Hewes
American Theatre Wing chair Isabelle Stevenson, most famously identified with the Tony Awards and their TV broadcasts
Charles Strouse, composer of Applause, Annie, Rags and Bye Bye Birdie
Actors' Fund of America president Tom Dillon receives the 2001 Founders Award.