Matthew P. Olmos, Henry Wishcamper, M. Meriwether Snipes, Tom Dugdale, Darron L West, Patrick Page Win 2012 Princess Grace Awards
By Kenneth Jones
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) and its chairman John F. Lehman announced winners of the 2012 Princess Grace Awards in theatre, dance and choreography and film disciplines. The awards "continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during her lifetime."
Past winners of the awards who distinguish themselves in their artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Awards are eligible for the Princess Grace Statue Award. These awards include a $25,000 gift and a Bronze Statue of Princess Grace created by Dutch artist Kees Verkade. This year's Statue winners are actor Patrick Page (of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Broadway's upcoming Cyrano de Bergerac) and sound designer Darron L West (Tony Award winner for Peter and the Starcatcher).
This year's 25 award winners will travel to New York City, where they will receive their Awards at the 30th Anniversary Princess Grace Awards Gala, held in the presence of TSH The Prince and Princess of Monaco, on Oct. 22 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Award winners "exemplify both classical and experimental artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, already show exceptional promise in their areas of expertise." PGF-USA "assists their theatre and dance studies, helps pay their artistic fees at non-profit companies and helps support their thesis film projects."
Special Project Awards and Works in Progress Residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center offer past Awards winners support for projects that advance their artistic development. This year there are seven Special Projects and two Works in Progress Residencies.
The 2012 winners include:
M. Meriwether Snipes
Matthew P. Olmos
Jamal R. Callender
Raymond S. Pinto
Norbert De La Cruz
Bridget L. Moore
Amitabh R. Joshi
Darron L West
For more information, visit pgfusa.org.
PGF-USA, a public charity celebrating its 30th Anniversary, was formed after the death of Princess Grace in 1982. It awards scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to artists at the start of their careers. Since the Foundation's inception, more than 700 Awards have been given, totaling more than $9.5 million.
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