Matthew P. Olmos, Henry Wishcamper, M. Meriwether Snipes, Tom Dugdale, Darron L West, Patrick Page Win 2012 Princess Grace Awards

By Kenneth Jones
August 7, 2012

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:

THEATRE

Tom Dugdale
Initial Award: 2012
La Jolla Playhouse

Michael Haverty
Initial Award: 2012
7 Stages

Joel Jimenez
Initial Award: 2012
Cornerstone Theater Company

Jared Mezzocchi
Initial Award: 2012
HERE Arts Center

Vincent Richards
Initial Award: 2012
California Institute of the Arts

M. Meriwether Snipes
Initial Award: 2012
New York University

THEATER HONORARIA

Henry Wishcamper
Initial Award: 2012
Goodman Theatre

PLAYWRITING

Matthew P. Olmos
Initial Award: 2012
New Dramatists

DANCE

Jamal R. Callender
Initial Award: 2012
Ballet Hispanico of New York

Albert Gordon
Initial Award: 2012
The Washington Ballet

Franco Nieto
Initial Award: 2012
Northwest Dance Project

Raymond S. Pinto
Initial Award: 2012
The Juilliard School-Dance Division

David Schultz
Initial Award: 2012
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Beckanne Sisk
Initial Award: 2012
Ballet West

CHOREOGRAPHY

Norbert De La Cruz
Initial Award: 2012
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Michelle Dorrance
Initial Award: 2012
Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Bridget L. Moore
Initial Award: 2012
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

FILM

Javier Barboza
Initial Award: 2012
University of Southern California

Kathleen Bracke
Initial Award: 2012
University of Notre Dame

Esy Casey
Initial Award: 2012
Center for Asian American Media

Amitabh R. Joshi
Initial Award: 2012
School of Visual Arts

Erick Msumanjie
Initial Award: 2012
Hampshire College

Nijla Mumin
Initial Award: 2012
California Institute of the Arts

Fiona Otway
Initial Award: 2012
Temple University

Stephanie Spray
Initial Award: 2012
Harvard University

Chao Thao
Initial Award: 2012
University of Southern California

FILM HONORARIA

Jason DaSilva
Initial Award: 2012
Fire Light Media

Christina Kolozsvary
Initial Award: 2012
Massachusetts College of Art

Talibah Newman
Initial Award: 2012

Mark Tumas
Initial Award: 2012
Temple University

STATUE AWARDS

Darron L West
Initial Award: 1997
SITI Company

Patrick Page
Initial Award: 1988
Pioneer Theatre Company

For more information, visit pgfusa.org.

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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.