The Arts Advisory Board (AAB) is a voluntary board whose role is to oversee the Princess Grace Awards program. Members are experts, practitioners and leaders in their artistic fields; at the Princess Grace Foundation they work alongside the PGF-USA staff develop funding that is responsive to the needs of the artistic community. In addition AAB members participate as panelists for the Advancement grants to Award winners, recommend Adjudicators and Panelists for the Princess Grace Awards and are ambassadors of the Princess Grace Foundation in the artistic community.
Arts Advisory Board members are vital members of the Princess Grace Foundation community and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA thanks each member for their commitment to the success of the Princess Grace Awards and our community of extraordinary artists.
Arts Advisory Board Emeritus
William Greaves, Chair of Film
Barbara Horgan, AAB Chair Emeritus
Bonnie Oda Homsey, Chair of Dance
John Mazzola, AAB Chair
Award winners are selected annually by experts in theater, dance and film. Applicants are assessed in review stages consisting of both online and in person panel reviews by Adjudicators. Each Adjudicator brings their own experience and aesthetic to the table, however decisions are made by consensus.
Stages of Review
About the Adjudicators
Selection panels are curated collaboratively by the Arts Advisory Board, Director of Programming and CEO. Princess Grace Award Adjudicators are experts within the disciplines of theater, dance, choreography, film, and animation, and are also equipped to evaluate applicants based on the Princess Grace Foundation’s mission and values.
The Arts Advisory Board Chair and Director of Programming facilitate and moderate each stage of the process and are not voting members in the selection of the Princess Grace Awards.
Dance & Choreography
*Previous Princess Grace Award winners
Panels prior to 2021, included the following experts and leaders in their artistic fields, and we thank them for their service.
Trudi Biggs McCanna
Mary de Liagre
Meredith Lynsey Scade
Darron L West
Carmen de Lavallade
Jawole Willa Jo Zoller
|FILM||Mary Lea Bandy|
Woo Jung Cho
Chi hui Yang
His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III of Monaco established the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in 1982 to honor the legacy of His wife, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco. H.S.H. Prince Rainier and Founding Chairman Robert J. Hausman created the Arts Advisory Board, a voluntary board comprised of experts, practitioners and leaders in the fields of theater, dance and film to build the Awards program, working alongside the Foundation staff and Board of Trustees.
Prior to 2021, the Princess Grace Foundation Arts Advisory Board included Discipline Chairs for each the disciplines supported by the Princess Grace Awards – theater, dance, and film. The Chairs built diverse adjudication panels of highly knowledgeable, credentialed, nationally recognized peers in the fields who are committed to the future of the performing arts, and served as Panelists for the Advancement grants for Award winners. Today, Chairs are integrated into the Arts Advisory Board along with additional experts in theater, dance and film.
Former Discipline Chairs
Bonnie Oda Horgan