Princess Grace Awards Announced
PRINCESS GRACE FOUNDATION-USA ANNOUNCES
2008 AWARDS WINNERS FOR THEATER, DANCE & FILM
Rose Bond and Alec Hammond Receive Princess Grace Statue Awards
NEW YORK, NY (July 30, 2008) The Board of Trustees of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and its Chairman, Hon. John F. Lehman, announced today the recipients of 2008 Princess Grace Awards. The Awards for theater, dance/choreography and film continue the legacy of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, who anonymously helped emerging artists pursue their goals throughout Her lifetime.
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a public charity, was formed after the death of Princess Grace in 1982. They award scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to assist artists with career development.
The Foundation cultivates a diverse group of nearly 500 artists to date who continue to advance the spectrum of performing arts with innovative, cutting-edge, vibrant theater, dance, film, playwriting and design. Among some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients in Theater are 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro; Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright Tony Kushner and Academy Award winner Eric Simonson. Film recipients include Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants; Eric Darnell, director of Madagascar 1 and 2 and Antz and Greg Mottola, director of Superbad. Recipients of Princess Grace Dance Awards include ballet dancers Maria Kowroski and Ethan Stiefel, and choreographer s Robert Battle and Dawn Stoppiello.
Past winners of the Awards who distinguish themselves in their artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Princess Grace Awards are eligible to win the coveted Princess Grace Statue. It includes a $25,000 unrestricted cash gift and a special Bronze Statue of Princess Grace created by Monegasque artist Kees Verkade. The 2008 Statue Awards winners are Rose Bond and Alexander (Alec) T. Hammond.
Rose Bond is a media artist whose short fil ms have screened in international competitions including Sundance and the New York Film Festival. Although her roots are in frame-by-frame, hand drawn or direct animation, her current work is produced using digital animation technology. Ms. Bond teaches animation and Time Arts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Her direct animation films are held in the Film Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Alec Hammond is a Yale-educated production designer and art director. In 1995, he was honored with the first Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award. His most recent work includes creating a next-generation Jumbo Jet from nose to tail for the film Flightplan, starring Jodie Foster. His production design can also be seen in the acclaimed film Donnie Darko, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and written/directed by Richard Kelly; The Contender for director Rod Lurie and First Daughter20for director Forrest Whitaker.
PRINCESS GRACE AWARDS
Each year, the Foundation announces a select group of Princess Grace Awards for distinction in the areas of theater, dance, and film. Students are eligible for scholarships; emerging artists working in companies qualify for apprenticeships and fellowships. A playwriting fellowship is available for individual artists through a residency at New Dramatists in New York City. In addition to these, the Foundation also gives honorable mention grants to applicants through Honoraria.
Special Project Awards are available to previous Princess Grace Awards winners and Honoraria recipients for uniquely significant projects that advance a previous winners artistic development.
This year, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Arts Advisory Board announced a partnership with the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) to provide further support for Princess Grace Awards winners. The aim of this alliance is to provide previous Awards winners the opportunity for creative experimentation without the pressure to produce a final, finished product. This aligns seamlessly with the mission of BAC, which serves as an international center for artistic experimentation and collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the professional development of emerging and mid career artists from around the world and across disciplines.
In addition to th e Awards, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA supports the nominating organizations fund raising efforts by extending general operating monies to companies hosting a recipient.
The 2008 Princess Grace Awards winners (listed below) represent various colleges, universities, and not-for-profit theater and dance companies throughout the United States. This years winners hail from 16 states and represent twelve organizations that are new to partnering with the Foundation. The Awards winners exemplify both classical and alternative artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, they are already distinguished in their areas of expertise. All of this years Awards winners will travel to New York City as guests of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, where they will receive their Awards at a black-tie Gala, held in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco on October 15, 2008 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
To find out more about each 2008 Princess Grace Awards winner or to learn more about past recipients and the Foundation, please visit us at www.pgfusa.org.
PRINCESS GRACE STATUE AWARD
Original Award, 1995, Fabergé Award for Scenic Design, Yale School of Drama
Original Award, 1989, Graduate Film Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
THEATER AND PLAYWRITNG
Arin Arbus, Los Angeles, CA
Grace LeVine Theater Award< /span>
Directing Fellowship, Theatre for a New Audience
Jaime Castañeda, San Antonio, TX
Gant Gaither Theater Award
Directing Apprenticeship, American Theater Company
Ben Gunderson, Morrhead, MN
Robert and Gloria Houseman Theater Award
Acting Scholarship, North Carolina School of the Arts
Patrick Kennelly, Evanston, IL
Pierre Cardin Theater Award
Directing Scholarship, University of California, Los Angeles
Arnulfo Maldonado, Eagle Pass, TX
Fabergé Theater Award
Costume Design Fellowship, Diverse City Theater
Kaneza Schaal, Freestone, CA
Acting Apprenticeship, The Wooster Group, Inc.
Kara Lee Corthron, Cumberland, MD
Playwriting Fellowship, New Dramatists
Maureen C. Huskey, Denver, CO
Directing Honoraria, California Institute of the Arts
Thomas Pasculli, Newton, NJ
Acting Honoraria, Double Edge Theatre Productions, Inc.
Ashley Sparks, Stuarts Draft, VA
Directing Honoraria, ArtSpot Productions
Damon E. Williams, Havertown, PA
Acting Honoraria, Temple University
DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY
Thang Dao, Montclair, CA
Choreography Fellowship, Ballet Austin
Blaine Hoven, Mobile, AL
Chris Hellman Dance Award
Ballet Fellowship, American Ballet Theatre
Jermel Johnson, Baltimore, MD
Ballet Fellowship, Pennsylvania Ballet
Alexander Peters, State College, PA
Ballet Scholarship, School of American Ballet
Lucien Postlewaite, Santa Cruz, CA
Ballet Fellowship, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Spenser Theberge, Vancouver, WA
Ballet Scholarship, The Juilliard School-Dance Division
Dominic Walsh, Elgin, IL
Choreography Fellowship, Sarasota Ballet of Florida
Nelja Y. Yatkin, Washington, DC
Choreography Fellowship, Cleo Parker Robertson Dance Theater
Elisa Clark, St. Louis, MO
Modern Dance Honoraria, Mark Morris Dance Group
Leah Morrison, Bethesda, MD
Modern Dance Honoraria, Trisha Brown Dance Company
Caitlin Craggs, Lake Stevens, WA
Animation Undergraduate Film Scholarship, University of Southern California
Derrick A. Jones, Youngstown, OH
Documentary Graduate Film Scholarship, Ohio University
Nikyatu S. Jusu, Atlanta, GA
Narrative Graduate Film Scholarship, New York University
Deirtra Thompson, Baltimore, MD
John H. Johnson Film Award
Experimental Graduate Film Scholarship, Bard College
Josh Weissbach, Austin, TX
Cary Grant Film Award
Documentary Undergraduate Film Scholarship, Hampshire College
Iman K. Zawahry, Panama City, FL
Narrative Graduate Film Scholarship, Florida State University
Kimberly Bautista, Pasadena, CA
Documentary Film Honoraria, UC Santa Cruz
Henry C. Fernandez, E. Los Angeles, CA
Narrative Film Honoraria, California State University, Northridge, Radio, TV & Film
Jordan C. Greenhalgh, Albany, NY
Exp erimental Animation Film Honoraria, Rochester Institute of Technology
David Horowitz, Chicago, IL
Animation Film Honoraria, University of Southern California
Erica Lisette Murphy, Rogue Valley, OR
Animation Film Honoraria, School of The Museum of Fine Arts
SPECIAL PROJECT AWARDS
Rosemary Newcott, Theater
Chi Wang Yang, Theater
Eric Kupers, Dance
Drew Jacoby, Dance
Ilya Chaiken, Film
Miwa Materyek, Film
Julie Wyman, Film
WORKS IN PROGRESS AWARDS
Nancy Bannon, Dance
Shelia Callaghan, Playwriting
Maureen Towey, Theater
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Christine Kite, Princess Grace Foundation-USA