The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to upholding the legacy of 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 2023, the Princess Grace Foundation is proud to recognize 18 Princess Grace Award winners and 11 Honoraria recipients. This extraordinary group of artists join our community of over 900 Princess Grace Award winners and Honoraria.
Nominated by: The Juilliard School
Grace Le Vine Theater Honor
I am an actor and theater-maker, with a background in improvisation.
Nominated by: David Mendizábal, Princess Grace Award winner (Theater 2021)
John Gore Theater Honor
I am a choreographer, filmmaker and director working in theater, dance and film.
Nominated by: Lucas Baisch, Princess Grace Award winner (Playwriting 2021)
Gant Gaither Theater Honor
I am a writer/performer working across solo performance, playwriting, and poetry, deeply invested in the complex relationship between tenderness and brutality.
Nominated by: University of California, San Diego
Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Honor
I am a sound designer who works primarily in theatre.
Nominated by: Stanford University
I am an actor, playwright, filmmaker, and healer who works primarily in theatre and film.
Nominated by: The Public Theater
I am a proud Gay Mexican Scenic Designer with Indigenous Mexica (Aztec) roots who works primarily in theatre.
I am a Black, Haitian-American NYC-born and based writer, director, performer, and educator who creates vortexes that center, celebrate and amplify Black folks through an Afrosurrealist lens.
Nominated by: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
I am a multidisciplinary dance artist trained in classical, concert, and commercial styles currently engaged in contemporary dance.
Nominated by: National Institute of Flamenco
I am a New Mexican flamenco dancer and choreographer, trained in performance repertory, choreography, solo improvised tablao work, and pedagogy.
Nominated by: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts
I am a filmmaker who works across non-fiction and experimental forms.
Nominated by: Columbia University School of the Arts
Sir Roger Moore Film Honor
I am a writer/director who works primarily in narrative forms.
Nominated by: Pepi Ginsberg, Princess Grace Award winner (Film 2021)
Cary Grant Film Honor
I am a writer and director, who works primarily in Film.
Nominated by: Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center
I am an Onöndowa’ga:’ story keeper and filmmaker whose work spans documentary, creative non-fiction, and experimental video art.
Nominated by: California Institute of the Arts
I am a filmmaker and animator who creates whimsical, offbeat, and heartfelt films.
Nominated by: New York University Tisch School of the Arts
I am an endlessly curious writer/director who uses film and television to understand the world in which I live and the people who populate it.
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 2023, 9 artists will receive Special Project grants and 2 artists will receive Works in Progress residencies, in partnership with the Baryshnikov Arts.
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 Scholarship recipients
Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients
Year 1 Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients were selected in 2023, and this is Year 1 of their 4 year scholarship.
Year 2 Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients were selected in 2022, and this is Year 2 of their 4 year scholarship.
Year 3 Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients were selected in 2021, and this is Year 3 of their 4 year scholarship.
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 2023, applicants to the Princess Grace Awards self-identified a primary discipline and secondary discipline(s) to be evaluated in.
2023 Princess Grace Awards Panelists
Rachel Sussman, Chair
Michael John Garces*
Dance & Choreography
Margaret Tracey*, Chair
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Woo J. Cho, Chair
Dessane Lopez Cassell
Carlos A. Gutiérrez
Advancement grants selected by panelists which include members of the Arts Advisory Council (AAC). 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
Michael John Garces*
Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick
*Previous Princess Grace Award winners
Grace Kelly Scholarships
Grace Kelly Scholarships are selected in partnership with the Educational Theatre Foundation (EdTF) with representatives from both EdTF and the Princess Grace Foundation serving as panelists. Princess Grace Award winner Carly Hughes (Theater 2003) serves as lead panelist and leads an Artist Round Table for all scholarship finalists.