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February 18, 2003

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces Availability of Applications for 2003 Princess Grace Awards
Princess Grace

Princess Grace

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA has announced the availability of applications for the 2003 Princess Grace Awards in Theatre and Playwriting. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is dedicated "to identifying and assisting young artists in theater, dance and film," and has awarded over 300 grants so far in its history.

Princess Grace Awards take the form of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status at the time of application, and are awarded based on the quality of the emerging artist's past work, their potential for future excellence, and the appropriateness of the Award toward the artist's individual growth.

"We've always been impressed by the caliber of emerging artists nominated for Princess Grace Awards," says Toby Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. "For 2003, we anticipate an even larger pool of applicants as the value of the grants increase." Typically, grants in this category range from $5,000 to $25,000. Previous award-winners include playwrights Tony Kushner and Edwin Sanchez, directors Christopher Ashley, Brian Kulick, Tina Landau and actor Leslie Odom, Jr.

To apply, a candidate must be nominated by the Artistic Director of a theater company or the Deans or Department Chairmen of professional (nonprofit) theater schools. The Theatre Awards includes four special awards, The Robert and Gloria Hausman Theatre Award, The Fabergé Theatre Award, the Grace Le Vine Theatre Award (in honor of Princess Grace's niece, a major benefactor of the Foundation), and the Pierre Cardin Theatre Award.

Applications for Playwriting fellowships must also be postmarked by March 31, 2003. Unlike the Theatre Awards, playwrights can apply themselves by submitting an un-produced, unpublished play of any length. The winning playwright receives a $7,500 cash grant, a residency (including transportation costs) at New Dramatists, Inc. in New York City; the inclusion of their work in the lending library at New Dramatists; and representation by Samuel French, Inc.

The Foundation's website is www.pgfusa.com. For further information and to request an application, please contact the Foundation at (212) 317-1470 or e-mail questions to tboshak@pgfusa.com.

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