The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to upholding the legacy of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, (née Grace Kelly) and elevating extraordinary emerging artists in theater, dance and film through career-advancing grants.


Her commitment to advance the arts in the United States is sustained by the Princess Grace Awards which supports and elevates extraordinary early career artists in theater, dance and film through game-changing grants; and nurtures and supports Princess Grace Award winners throughout their careers.


In 2022, the Princess Grace Foundation is proud to recognize 18 Princess Grace Award winners and 6 honoraria recipients. This extraordinary group of artists join our community of over 800 Princess Grace Award winners and honoraria.


Nominated by: New York University
Pierre Cardin Theater Honor

I am a costume designer.

Nominated by: California Institute of Arts
Gant Gaither Theater Honor

I am a theatremaker who directs, writes, and performs.

Nominated by: David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University

John Gore Theater Honor

I am a multi-faceted theater maker who expresses my art through acting, directing, playwriting, and poetry.

Nominated by: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Honor

I am a theatremaker inspired by theatre as collaborative craft to celebrate community, deepen belonging, and rediscover place. I direct, adapt, and devise original, community-based plays in rural places with local people.

Nominated by: The Juilliard School
Grace Le Vine Theater Honor

I am an actor, writer and journalist, who works primarily in theatre and film.


Nominated by: Soho Repertory Theatre
I am a writer/director/performer who works in and between theater, music, and the moving image.

Nominated by: Long Wharf Theatre

I am a Multidisciplinary Creative working in Theater, Dance, and Film.

Nominated by: The Juilliard School

I am a writer/director/actor that has worked primarily as an actor in theater and now in writing and directing films. 


New Dramatists
Playwriting Fellowship

I’m a multi-medium writer; my work spans prose, audio, stage, and screen, and I also work as a freelance journalist, teacher, and consultant.


Nominated by: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

I am a dance artist with a focus and expertise in contemporary, jazz, and Latin techniques.

Nominated by: New York City Ballet

Chris Hellman Dance Honor

I am a classically trained ballet dancer and a soloist with New York City Ballet.

Nominated by: Gibney Company

I am a classically trained dancer employed by a contemporary dance company, with additional experience in ballet and commercial dance.



Nominated by: The Juilliard School


Nominated by: BalletX

I am a classically trained contemporary ballet dancer.


2021 Princess Grace Award finalist, Nominated in 2021 by Dallas Black Dance Theatre
I am a choreographer who works in both concert and commercial dance styles.


Nominated by: Bruce Wood Dance

I am a queer, LatinX choreographer and company director who creates rhythmic narratives through contemporary dance forms, improvisation, and dance theater techniques..

Nominated by: A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

I am a choreographer who uses the juxtaposition of my classical training in modern and ballet and my experiences in immersive theater and social dancing to create work.



Nominated by: University of California, San Diego
John H. Johnson Film Honor

I am a filmmaker who primarily works in experimental and documentary forms.

Nominated by: David Riker, Princess Grace Award winner (Film 1995)

Cary Grant Film Honor

I am a 2D Animator and Storyboarder working in narrative films.


Nominated by: University of California, Los Angeles 
Roger Moore Film Honor

I am a writer, director, and producer who tells socially-minded, character-driven stories. My work does not only entertain, it also inspires, informs, and heals.


Nominated by: California Institute of Arts
Stephen Hillenburg Animation Honor

I am a Japanese/Filipino-American animator who works primarily in experimental narrative forms.

Nominated by: CUNY-Hunter College, Integrated Media Arts MFA Program

Wendy Ferguson Film Honor

I am a filmmaker who works across non-fiction, fiction, and experimental forms.


Nominated by: San Francisco State University, School of Cinema

I am a filmmaker, writer-director, who works primarily in documentary forms.



Nominated by: Columbia University
I am a writer, director and editor who works primarily in narrative forms.


The Princess Grace Foundation continues to support and nurture our Princess Grace Award winners and Honoraria throughout their artistic journey, offering exclusive grants to Princess Grace Award winners and Honoraria for uniquely significant projects that advance their artistic development. In 2022, 7 artists will receive Special Project grants and 2 artists will receive Works in Progress residencies, in partnership with the Baryshnikov Arts Center.


Theater 2005
Project: Odd Man Out – Live

Film 2006
Project: Say it Ain’t So (Workshop Production)

Film 2000

Dance 2007
Project: Open Machine

Film 2011
Project: When the Phone Rang

Choreography 2011
Project: The Other Shore

Choreography 2013
Project: Hisako’s House


Film 1989
Project: Untitled Co-lab (Working Title)

Choreography 2018
Project: Solace of RED: Vol. II


The Grace Kelly Scholarship for Thespian Excellence identifies and nurtures high school theatre-makers and performers. In partnership with the Educational Theatre Foundation, Grace Kelly Scholarships provide access to the necessary resources and encouragement that meaningfully impacts young artists’ ability to succeed on their paths to becoming successful professional artists.

Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients are chosen from participants in the International Thespian Society and the annual International Thespian Excellence Awards (or Thespys). There are 2 types of scholarships:

  • Grace Kelly Training Scholarships: (grades 9-11): 5 recipients selected annually will receive a one-time award of $1,000 to encourage ongoing pursuit of artistic education.
  • Grace Kelly Scholarships: 5 recipients selected annually will receive a total of $6,000: $1,000/year 4-year scholarship to attend a college, conservatory, or pre-professional training program, a $1,000 award upon completion plus a $1,000 internship stipend. Winners will be paired with a professional mentor chosen by the Princess Grace Foundation from its Princess Grace Award winners.

Grace Kelly Training Scholarship recipients

Denver Dickenson

Musical Theater

Wyatt Hardy

Sound Design

Lexi Limin


Ginny McGee

Costume Design

Caroline Yim

Lighting Design

Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients

Year 1

Kevin Anderson

Musical Theater

Adam Flores


Daiara Garcia

Costume Design

J’kyil Poole


Nicholas Wilkinson

Musical Theater

Year 2
Year 2 Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients were selected in 2021, and this is Year 2 of their 4 year scholarship.


Margaret Hammond

Costume Design

Natalie Lawton

Stage Management

Grace Sorenson

Musical Theater

Pradanya Subramanyan

Stage Management

Trysten Williams


Selection Process


Princess Grace Award winners and honoraria are selected annually by experts in theater, dance and film. Each Panelist brings their own experience and aesthetic to the table, and decisions are made by panel consensus. Applicants undergo 2 stages of review.

In 2022, applicants to the Princess Grace Awards self-identified a primary discipline and secondary discipline(s) to be evaluated in.

2022 Princess Grace Awards Panelists


Anne Bogart

Myung Hee Cho*

Michael John Garces*

Rachel Hauck*

Nidia Medina

Seret Scott

Tamilla Woodard

Stephanie Ybarra

Dance & Choreography

Nigel Campbell*

Alex Ketley*

Julie Nakagawa

Benedict Nguyen

Margaret Tracey*

Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick


Rose Bond*

Nicole Docta

Carlos A. Gutiérrez

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean*

Heidi Saman*

Anula Shetty

Abby Sun

Advancement grants selected by panelists which include members of the Arts Advisory Board (AAB). Panelists are experts, practitioners and leaders in theater, dance and film. Each bring their own experience, expertise and aesthetic, and decisions are made by consensus in a multidisciplinary panel.

Special Projects & Works in Progress

Linda Blackaby

Terese Capucilli*

Billy Luther

Georgiana Pickett

Kaneza Schaal*

Paul Singh

Rachel Sussman

*Previous Princess Grace Award winners