2013 Princess Grace Awards Winners

2013 Princess Grace Awards Winners 

Christine Kite
PGF-USA Communications Manager
212.317.1470/ ckite@pgfusa.org


Dancer Tiler Peck Receives Princess Grace Statue Award

NEW YORK, NY – (August 7, 2013) The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) and its Chairman, Hon. John F. Lehman, announced today the winners of the 2013 Princess Grace Awards. In total, the Foundation is awarding more than $1 million to artists in theater, dance performance, choreography and film. The Awards continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. This year’s 24 Awards winners will travel to New York City, where they will receive their Awards at the 31st annual Princess Grace Awards Gala, held in the presence of HSH The Princess of Monaco, on October 30, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

PGF-USA is also proud to announce the second year of funding for the Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Awards, made possible by the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms program. These funds support social justice documentary film projects, which focus on Native communities.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a public charity, was formed after the death of Princess Grace in 1982. They present scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to assist artists at the start of their careers. The Foundation has cultivated a diverse group of over 600 artists to date who continue to advance the spectrum of performing arts with innovative, cutting-edge, and vibrant theater, dance, choreography, film, playwriting and design. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than 800 Awards have been given to recipients, totaling more than $10 million.

For the fifth year in a row, celebrated artist Alex Soldier, known for his mastery of precious miniatures, has created an objet d’art to symbolize the Princess Grace Awards. The Award symbolically combines the three art forms lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film by using precious metals and Swarovski crystal accents. The sculpture is made for each recipient to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.


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 Award. It includes a $25,000 unrestricted cash gift and a special Bronze Statue of Princess Grace created by Dutch artist Kees Verkade. This year’s Statue Award winner is New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck.

Tiler Peck (2004 initial Princess Grace Award) was born in Bakersfield, California. She began her dance training at the age of seven, studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet Principal Dancer Alla Khaniashvili in Hollywood. At the age of 11 she began studying at Conjunctive Point in Culver City, California, with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary. During this time she also studied with former NYCB Principal Yvonne Mounsey at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. At the age of 12, Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, for most of the 2000-2001 Winter Term. She returned to SAB during the summers of 2002 and 2003, and that fall began as a full time student. In September 2004, Ms. Peck became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in December 2006 and principal dancer in October 2009.


Each year, the Foundation presents the Princess Grace Awards to artists who show excellence and promise 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, which includes the opportunity to have the winning play be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. In addition to these, the Foundation also gives honorable mention grants to applicants through Honoraria.

The 2013 Princess Grace Awards winners (listed below) represent 24 colleges, universities, and not-for-profit theater and dance companies throughout the United States. The Awards winners exemplify both classical and experimental artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, already show exceptional promise in their areas of expertise. The Foundation’s support assists their theater and dance studies, helps pay their artistic fees at non-profit theater and dance companies and helps support their thesis film projects. In addition to the Awards, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA extends general operating monies to companies hosting an Awards winner. This year’s Princess Grace Awards winners are:


Sathya Sridharan
Theater Scholarship, Grace Le Vine Theater Award
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Dustin Wills
Theater Scholarship, Lynn Wyatt Theater Award
Yale University

Carrie Morris
Theater Apprenticeship, Fabergé Theater Award
PuppetART Detroit

Maechi Aharanwa
Theater Fellowship, Gant Gaither Theater Award
Classical Theatre of Harlem

Lila Neugebauer
Theater Fellowship, Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Award
Actors Theatre of Louisville

Kristen Robinson
Theater Fellowship, Pierre Cardin Award
Westport Country Playhouse

Jiehae Park
Playwriting Fellowship
New Dramatists


Alexander L. Anderson
Dance Scholarship, Alexander Moore Bayer Dance Award
The Juilliard School-Dance Division

Skylar Brandt
Dance Fellowship
American Ballet Theatre

Courtney A. Henry
Dance Fellowship, Chris Hellman Dance Award
Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Talli Jackson
Dance Fellowship
New York Live Arts

Rachelle Anaïs Scott
Dance Fellowship
Cedar Lake Ballet

Rosie Herrera
Choreography Fellowship
Ballet Hispanico

Loni Landon
Choreography Fellowship

Robyn Mineko Williams
Choreography Fellowship
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago


Thalia Fry
Undergraduate Film Scholarship, Charles Evans Film Award
California Institute of the Arts

Kendal Hockin
Undergraduate Film Scholarship
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Devyn Manibo
Undergraduate Film Scholarship
Hampshire College

Niav Conty
Graduate Film Scholarship, Srichand Parmanand Hinduja Film Award
City College of New York

Whitney Elise Johnston
Graduate Film Scholarship, Cary Grant Film Award
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Richard Wiebe
Graduate Film Scholarship, John J. Johnston Film Award
University of Iowa

Javier Roberto Carlos Briones
Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Award
San Francisco State University

Ciara L. Lacy
Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Award
Sundance Institute

Sergio Mata’u Rapu
Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Award
Pacific Islanders in Communication


Carter Redwood
Theater Honorarium
Carnegie Mellon University

Bailey L. Rosa
Theater Honorarium
The Theatre School at DePaul University

Aaron White
Theater Honorarium
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

Taylor Dunne
Graduate Film Scholarship
University of Colorado

Lena I. Jackson
Graduate Film Scholarship
University of California, Santa Cruz

Jonathan King
Graduate Film Scholarship

David Romberg
Graduate Film Scholarship
Temple University

Nora Sweeney
Graduate Film Scholarship
California Institute of the Arts

Natalie Y. Tsui
Graduate Film Scholarship
San Francisco State University

Peter Franco
Undergraduate Film Scholarship
Carleton College

Louva Hartwell
Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Honorarium
Institute of American Indian Arts

Claire K. Miyamoto
Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Honorarium
University of California, Santa Cruz


Special Project Awards, Works in Progress Residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC) Awards (in its inaugural year) are grants available to past Princess Grace Awards winners and Honoraria recipients for uniquely significant projects that advance their artistic development. This year’s winners are:


Esy Casey
Chinonye Chukwu
Eric Kupers
Zoe Scofield
Stephanie Spray
Maureen Towey


Camille A. Brown
Hana Sooyeon Kim
Kaneza Schaal


Alex Ketley at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC)


The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded 30 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly]. The Foundation's mission, that mirrors Princess Grace's in Her lifetime, is to support emerging artists in theater, dance and film through the awarding of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than 800 Awards have been given to recipients, totaling more than $10 million. Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients in Film include: Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants and Greg Mottola, director of Paul, Adventureland and Superbad. Theater recipients include: 2008 Tony® Award winner for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro; Pulitzer and Tony® Award winning playwright Tony Kushner; and 2006 Academy Award® winner Eric Simonson. Dance/Choreography recipients include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy, Isabella Boylston and Sarah Lane; as well as choreographers Kyle Abraham and Camille A. Brown.

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August 7, 2013
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