Due to the impact of COVID-19 the 2020 Princess Grace Awards program has been suspended for this year. We look forward to resuming our Awards program and celebrating excellence in emerging artists in theater, dance, and film in 2021. Should you have questions please contact Program Director, Diana Kemppainen.
The Princess Grace Awards seeks to discover performers, designers and directors and nurture their artistic pursuits throughout their careers. Princess Grace Theater Awards are available to emerging theater artists; artists at the outset of their careers or early stages of professional development.
SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded for tuition assistance for the last year of professional training at a non-profit school located in the United States. Please note, grants are based on tuition costs only; no other expenses (i.e. room and board, materials, books, etc.) may be included.
APPRENTICESHIPS and FELLOWSHIPS are awarded for artistic compensation for an individual artist (exclusive of benefits) nominated by a professional, non-profit theater company. Nominees may not have worked with the company for more than five years at the time of application.
Apprenticeship applies to an individual who is “learning the trade” under the mentorship of a skilled staff person. The apprentice will work closely with the artistic director or a senior artist on the company’s mainstage production(s) throughout the grant period (e.g., as an assistant director or designer or an actor in a supporting role). The apprenticeship should also include the opportunity for the nominee to do his/her own work in a workshop or second stage venue.
Fellowship applies to an individual artist who will have a substantial relationship with the nominating company. This artist will assume significant responsibilities on one or more production(s) in the company’s mainstage season during the grant period (e.g., director, lead actor, or primary designer on a production). Significant responsibility for a second stage season will also be considered (e.g., director, lead actor, or primary designer).
Princess Grace Theater Awards grants average between $15,000-$30,000.
The Princess Grace Awards is interested in identifying and nurturing emerging theater artists. Primary consideration is given to artistic excellence and evaluation of the artist’s potential to make an impact on the field.
Apprenticeship and Fellowship categories: PGF-USA seeks to foster relationships that nurture and support the applicant’s artistic growth during the grant period. With a primary emphasis on artistic excellence, the panel also considers the following components in evaluating applications:
Required from Nominee:
Required from Nominator:
Work samples are a significant component of your application and we urge you to use care in the samples you submit.
Diana Kemppainen, Program Director
150 East 58th Street, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10155
If you would like your portfolio returned, self-addressed packing with appropriate postage must be included with your submission.
Photo credit: Christopher Annas Lee (2018 Princess Grace Award winner)
The nomination should be on behalf of the Film School's Dean/Dept. Chair or Media Art Center's Executive Director. However if there is someone on faculty or staff that can better speak to the filmmaker's work and artistic excellence, they may write the letter of recommendation.