Sweeney's Champlin to Open 2007 Princess Grace Awards Oct. 25

News   Sweeney's Champlin to Open 2007 Princess Grace Awards Oct. 25 Donna Lynne Champlin, a 1992 Princess Grace Award recipient, will open the 25th annual Princess Grace Awards black-tie gala at Sotheby's on Oct. 25.

The Princess Grace Awards, founded in honor of the late Princess of Monaco, acknowledge excellence in the arts by providing support for emerging artists in theatre, dance and film to pursue their training.

The gala evening, presided by Prince Albert II of Monaco, will commence with a performance by Champlin, who was awarded a Princess Grace Award to further her studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

Among the theatre artists who will be honored with a 2007 Princess Grace Award are Oana Botez-Ban (Classic Stage Company), Gisela Cardenas (INTAR), Toccarra Cash (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Laurie O'Brien (California Institute of the Arts), Alex Torra (Pig Iron Theater), Scott Turner Schofield (7 Stages), Kara Manning (New Dramatists) and Michael John Garcés (Cornerstone Theater Company).

The artistic companies and institutions from which the 2007 Princess Grace Award recipients herald will also receive a General Operating Support grant, which "help support general operating expenses for the institution," according to an announcement.

James Earl Jones will present filmmaker George Lucas with the Prince Rainier III Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts. Roger Moore and Susan Stroman will also be among the evening's presenters. For a complete list of winners in Dance and Film categories, visit www.pgfusa.org.

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