The Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces the 2022 Princess Grace Award Winners

NEW YORK, NY – (August 4, 2022) The Princess Grace Foundation is proud to announce the 2022 Princess Grace Award winners, along with the recipients of the Princess Grace Foundation’s Advancement grants and the Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients. This year, the Foundation welcomes 18 Princess Grace Award winners and 6 Honoraria recipients into the Princess Grace Awards community.


The Princess Grace Foundation, founded in memory of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, neé Grace Kelly, identifies extraordinary emerging artists working in theater, dance and film; and nurtures their growth throughout their careers. Princess Grace Award winners receive a $10,000 unrestricted cash grant paid directly to the artists. This year’s group of impressive applicants resulted in the recognition of 6 additional artists who will receive an Honoraria. Honoraria recipients receive a $1,000 unrestricted cash grant. The new class of Princess Grace Award winners and Honoraria join the community of over 800 Princess Grace Award alumni where they are provided additional exclusive grant opportunities, career development and networking.  Exclusive grant opportunities provided to Princess Grace Award winners include annual opportunities: Special Project Grants and Works in Progress Residencies. This year the Princess Grace Foundation is proud to support 7 Special Project Grants and 2 Works in Progress Residencies.


The Princess Grace Foundation will celebrate the new class of Princess Grace Award winners and Honoraria at its annual Princess Grace Awards Summit and Celebration November 2 – 3 in New York City.  The Summit is a series of panel conversations, round tables, and seminars curated for the new class of Princess Grace Awards winners designed to foster relationships and set the emerging Award winners on a path to artistic success. Held on the evening of November 3 in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Princess Grace Awards Celebration is a black-tie affair with a film premiere introducing and celebrating the 2022 Princess Grace Award winners, followed by an after-party.


Brisa Carleton, CEO of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA shared, “I am thrilled to celebrate the 2022 Princess Grace Award winners and honoraria. They are a distinguished group of individuals that represent the next generation of artistry. The Princess Grace Foundation’s mission of identifying extraordinary talent could not be possible without our Arts Advisory Board and selection panelists, and we thank them for their commitment and time. We look forward to celebrating these talented artists with this esteemed group in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, at our Princess Grace Awards Celebration on November 3.”


This year’s Princess Grace Award winners are:


For Theater and Playwriting:

  • Siena Zoë Allen, Nominated by New York University, Pierre Cardin Theater Honor
  • Héctor Alvarez, Nominated by California Institute of the Arts, Gant Gaither Theater Honor
  • Abigail C. Onwunali, Nominated by David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University, John Gore Theater Honor
  • Kate Russell, Nominated by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Robert & Gloria Hausman Theater Honor
  • Gabriela Saker, Nominated by the Juilliard School, Grace Le Vine Theater Honor
  • Francisco Mendoza, New Dramatists Playwriting Fellowship


Theater Honoraria:

  • Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Nominated by Soho Repertory Theatre
  • Dane Figueroa Edidi, Nominated by Long Wharf Theatre
  • Britnie Narcisse, Nominated by The Juilliard School


For Dance Performance and Choreography:

  • Abdiel Figueroa Reyes, Nominated by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Mira Nadon, Nominated by New York City Ballet, Chris Hellman Dance Honor
  • Jake Tribus, Nominated by Gibney Dance Company
  • Omar Román De Jesús, Nominated by Bruce Wood Dance
  • Kameron N. Saunders, 2021 Finalist, Original Nomination by Dallas Black Dance Theatre
  • Maleek Washington, Nominated by A.I.M by Kyle Abraham


Dance and Choreography Honoraria:

  • Eleni Loving, Nominated by The Juilliard School
  • Ashley Simpson, Nominated by BalletX


For Film:

  • kelechi agwuncha, Nominated by UC San Diego, John H. Johnson Film Honor
  • Río Castañeda, Nominated by Princess Grace Award winner David Riker, Cary Grant Film Honor
  • Jahmil Eady, Nominated by UCLA, Roger Moore Film Award
  • Jeanette Fantone, Nominated by California Institute of the Arts, Stephen Hillenberg Animation Honor
  • Katie Mathews, Nominated by CUNY Hunter College, Wendy Ferguson Film Honor
  • Diana Milena Ojeda Castellanos, Nominated by San Francisco State University


Film Honoraria:

  • Hazel McKibbin, Nominated by Columbia University


Advancement Grants:

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA maintains a long-term commitment to its Award winners, supporting and nurturing them throughout their artistic journey. Special Project and Works in Progress Residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center are grants available to past Princess Grace Awards and Honoraria recipients for uniquely significant projects that advance their artistic development. This year’s winners are:


Special Project Grants:

  • Carlos Armesto
  • Nikki Brake-Sillá
  • Mitch McCabe
  • Rashaun Mitchell
  • Iva Radivojevic
  • Zoe Scofield
  • Robyn Mineko Williams


Works in Progress Residencies:

  • Rose Bond
  • Shamel Pitts


Grace Kelly Scholarships:

In its second year, the Princess Grace Foundation is proud to offer the Grace Kelly Scholarships. With a leadership gift from the Victory Foundation, Grace Kelly Scholarships for Thespian Excellence identifies and nurtures high school theater-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’ on their path to becoming successful professional artists.


2022 Grace Kelly Training Scholarships ($1,000 scholarship to artistic training programs):

  • Denver Dickenson, Musical Theater
  • Wyatt Hardy, Sound Design
  • Lexi Limin, Acting
  • Ginny McGee, Costume Design
  • Caroline Yim, Lighting Design


2022 Grace Kelly Scholarships (4-year scholarship with $6,000 in grants funds. Each recipient is paired with a Princess Grace Award winner to serve as their mentor over the 4 years):


  • Kevin Anderson, Musical Theater
  • Adam Flores, Acting
  • Daiara Garcia, Costume Design
  • J’Kyil Poole, Acting
  • Nicholas Wilkinson, Musical Theater


2021 Grace Kelly Scholarship recipients, who are in their 2nd year of their scholarship, and will continue receiving support:

  • Margaret Hammond
  • Natalie Lawton
  • Grace Sorenson
  • Pradanya Subramanyan
  • Trysten Williams



The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to honoring the legacy of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, neé Grace Kelly. 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 through their careers. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit based in New York City, the Foundation was established in 1982 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor His wife, Princess Grace of Monaco and Her legacy. Since the Foundation’s inception, we have awarded over 800 recipients. Notable Princess Grace Award winners include: Jon M. Chu director of Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants; Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and director of the upcoming Till Chinonye Chukwu, Tony Award winner director, Anna Shapiro; Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner playwright Tony Kushner; Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac; and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck, and choreographers Kyle Abraham and Camille A. Brown.


For more information about the Princess Grace Awards program, please visit

Grants & Media Contact: Diana Kemppainen, Director of Programming – 212.317.1470

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