Princess Grace Foundation Announces Grant Awards

News   Princess Grace Foundation Announces Grant Awards The Princess Grace Foundation held its 2001 Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan on Oct. 22. Bebe Neuwirth presented the awards while Dr. Ronan Tynan of The Irish Tenors provided musical entertainment. His Serene Highness Crown Prince Albert of Monaco was in attendance at this annual, black-tie event.

The Princess Grace Foundation held its 2001 Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan on Oct. 22. Bebe Neuwirth presented the awards while Dr. Ronan Tynan of The Irish Tenors provided musical entertainment. His Serene Highness Crown Prince Albert of Monaco was in attendance at this annual, black-tie event.

The Princess Grace Foundation is non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young artists through grants in the forms of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Since 1984, the grants have been awarded annually in the areas of theatre, dance and film. The Foundation is named in honor of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, who was committed to helping aspiring young artists realize the full potential of their talents, during the span of her lifetime.

Half the net proceeds from this year's event will be donated to benefit the children of the victims of the Sept. 11 incident at the World Trade Center. The following are the recipients of the 2001 Princess Grace Foundation awards:

Theatre Awards:

Playwriting Award: Rogelio Martinez, Robert and Gloria Hausman Theatre Award:
Erica Schmidt, Theatre Fellowship for Directing

Faberge Theatre Award:
Paul Eric Pape, Theatre Scholarship for Set Design

Grace Le Vine Theatre Award:
Amirh Charline Vann, Theatre Scholarship for Acting

Princess Grace Guild Award:
Brett Egan, Theatre Apprenticeship for Directing

Pierre Cardin Theatre Award presented by Pierre Cardin:
Jacqueline Firkins, Theatre Fellowship for Costume Design

Dance Awards

Jared Angle, Dance Fellowship for Ballet

Ashlee Knapp, Dance Scholarship for Ballet

Amber Merkens, Dance Fellowship for Modern

Jermaine Maurice Spivey, Dance Scholarship for Modern

Chris Hellman Dance Award:
Ricardo Torres, Dance Fellowship for Ballet

Channing Cook Holmes, Dance Fellowship for Tap

Film Awards

Bobby Abate, Graduate Scholarship for Experimental

Sanghee Park, Graduate Scholarship for Experimental

Karolina Sobecka, Graduate Scholarship for Experimental

Cary Grant Film Award:
Jon M. Chu, Undergraduate Scholarship for Narrative

John H. Johnson Film Award:
Ham Tran, Graduate Scholarship for Narrative

Princess Grace Statue Award presented by his Serene Highness Crown Prince Albert of Monaco

2001 Princess Grace Statue Award, Film:
David Riker, 1995 Graduate Film Scholarship for Narrative (John H. Johnson Film Award recipient)

2001 Princess Grace Statue Award, Theatre:
Michael Wilson, 1992 Theatre Fellowship for Directing

— by Esther Sapan