Digital Newsletter

February 2019


Stay updated about the diverse, inspiring, and extraordinary artists, people and events that make up the Princess Grace Foundation USA.

It’s only February but we already have lots of exciting news to share with you in 2020! Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Princess Grace Award winners continue to make a huge impact with new artistic achievements – you can get a small sampling of some recent headlines below. We are also delighted to announce that 2020 Applications are open. We look forward to discovering our next class of exceptional emerging artists and always appreciate your help spreading the word throughout the theater, dance and film communities.
In other exciting news – this April, Under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert ll of Monaco, we will be celebrating Princess Grace Award winner and acclaimed filmmaker, Cary Joji Fukunaga, and his James Bond debut as director of 007’s  No Time To Die.  We   hope you will join us for this unprecedented Monaco screening showcasing Princess Grace’s living legacy and featuring a special tribute to long time Monaco resident and founding member of our Foundation, the late Sir Roger Moore. We hope to see you there!
Warmest regards,
Brisa Trinchero
CEO, Princess Grace Foundation-USA
Princess Grace Award Winner Skylar Brandt Makes Her Surprise Debut in Giselle – Filling in for Misty Copeland!
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) soloist Skylar Brandt knew she would have the opportunity to perform the iconic titular role in the classic ballet, “Giselle” during ABT’s season at the Kennedy Center this February. But what she didn’t know was that she would go on even sooner than planned, filling in for injured Principal Dancer, Misty Copeland.
PGF-USA caught up with Skylar before her debut to learn more about her exciting debut and why she loves ballet.
Photo credit: Taylor Brandt
PGF-USA: How do you feel about your debut as Giselle?
Skylar Brandt: I’m very excited about it! It’s funny – as much as I love the ballet, I never thought I would be suitable for the role. It’s amazing to have been given this opportunity and it’s a bit of a challenge because it’s a departure from the roles I’ve experienced before.
PGF-USA: What roles did you do before this opportunity?
Skylar Brandt: I’m usually cast in spritely, joyful, uplifting, technical, fast-moving roles. Giselle is a little different because the 2nd act has an adagio quality and the character experiences a huge range of emotion throughout the ballet. But I’m starting to feel very comfortable in the role and the elements that I thought would be the most challenging to me, I’m finding the most enjoyable. The opportunity to perform this iconic role is a really big privilege and honor and I hope to do it justice.
PGF-USA: Tell us a little about the casting process – is there an official audition process?
Skylar Brandt: There are no formal auditions, but with each class and performance it’s like an audition. I have wonderful relationship with Kevin [McKenzie, ABT’s Artistic Director]. At the end of each season I have a meeting with him and ask him what I should work on. At my meeting last summer he gave a hint that I should work on Giselle, but it was still so unexpected and thrilling to be cast as Giselle.
PGF-USA: Is this your first full-length principal role?
Skylar Brandt: It’s not actually. A couple of years ago I filled in for an injury. Someone got hurt and I had 3 day notice to learn all three acts of Le Corsaire . That was my first fill-in principal role but this opportunity is a really big one because it was scheduled ahead of time.
PGF-USA: Why do you love being a dancer?
Skylar Brandt: As a kid I loved dressing up and performing, and I was drawn to the story, costumes and music of ballet. But once I discovered that ballet is not easy – I truly fell in love with the challenge of it.
PGF-USA: Tell us about your life outside of ballet?
Skylar Brandt: Well as you can see from my Instagram account – my family is a huge part of my life. My sisters danced as well; my older sister was a NY Knicks dancer and my mom is a big influence in my life. She used to be a fitness trainer. She trained a lot of celebrities like Cyndi Lauper and John McEnroe. She’s very cool and inspiring. Even my dad has gotten in on the dance action and loves to take hip-hop classes!
PGF-USA: How did you feel when you when you were found out that you won a Princess Grace Award?
Skylar Brandt: You know I was actually nominated when I was a student at JKO [ABT’s training school] but I didn’t receive the Award. While I was sad, the letter from PGF-USA essentially said we really hope you reapply and that they appreciated my work. When I was in the corps de ballet at ABT, Kevin nominated me and this time I won – it was truly amazing!
Follow Skylar on IG @skylarbrandt
American Ballet Theatre has an impressive roster of Princess Grace Award winners. Principals: Isabella Boylston (2009), David Hallberg (2002), Sarah Lane (2007), Gillian Murphy (1998) and Christine Shevchenko (2003); Soloists: Skylar Brandt (2013), Joseph Gorak (2011) Blaine Hoven (2008), Catherine Hurlin (2018) and Cassandra Trenary (2015). The company will have their annual Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC May-July and tours the U.S. and internationally – check their calendar to find a performance near you !
Rashaad Ernesto Green (2009 Film) won the Independent Spirit ‘Someone to Watch’ Award. Now his 2nd feature film opens in theaters this Friday, February 21. Rashaad’s film, Premature , for which he received his Independent Spirit Award, was co-written by Zora Howard and premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Released by IFC Films, check out the trailer below, and support independent film by seeing it in the theater.
Attention Harry Potter fans: PGF-USA has its own wizard! Animation artist Rose Bond (1989 Film, 2008 Statue) will be honored by NW Film Center for with the ‘Animation Arts Wizard Award” alongside filmmakers Todd Haynes (Carol , Far From Heaven) and John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). See her animation wizardry live in Portland, Or March 14-16 in collaboration with Oregon Symphony and vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Through Rose’s beautiful, eye-popping animation the live music is brought to life.
Leslie Odom Jr. (2002 Theater, 2016 Statue), Tony and Grammy Award winner, stars as Aaron Burr in the film adaption of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. The film will hit theaters on October 15, 2021.
Leslie Odom Jr. will also star in Regina King’s adaptation of One Night in Miami. It is based on the same 2013 Award-winning stage production.
Tony Award winner,  Sam Gold ’s (2004 Theater, 2018 Statue) Broadway hit musical,  Fun Home  will be adapted to the big screen, produced and starring Oscar Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal will portray Bruce Bechdel, the father of the protagonist and Gold is  set to helm the project.
A reimagined West Side Story from director Ivo van Hove with choreography from acclaimed choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker officially opened on Broadway February 20. Making his Broadway debut is Marc Crousillat (2016 Dance) as a Jet. Marc previously danced with Trisha Brown and and will make his Broadway debut alongside his sister Stephanie Crousillat. Check out photos of Marc, Stephanie and the rest of the cast in this New Yorker profile .
Last spring Tiler Peck (2004 Dance, 2013 Statue) woke up with a pain in her neck and couldn’t move. Diagnosed with a severe herniated disc, it was unclear if she would ever return to the stage. Now almost a year later, against all odds, Tiler returned to the stage in New York City Ballet’s Swan Lake . Read all about her journey back to dance in the New York Times profile.
Earlier this month, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco joined the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in Los Angeles to connect with film and television luminaries. During His visit, He kicked off celebrations for the 60 th  anniversary of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, originally founded by His parents, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier and discussed Monaco’s longstanding and special relationship with Hollywood.
Know an emerging artist in theater, dance and film? PGF-USA is looking for the next generation of exceptional artists in theater, dance and film.
First actress to appear on a US postage stamp
In 1993, the USA and Monaco simultaneously released a commemorative postage stamp honoring Her. However, USA federal law forbids postage stamps depicting foreign heads of state, so the USA stamp listed Her as “Grace Kelly”, while the Monaco stamp listed Her as “Princess Grace”.