Princess Grace Foundation-USA: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: The Princess Grace Foundation-USA supports theater artists, dancers, and filmmakers by funding apprenticeships, fellowships, and scholarships.

IP TAKE: The Princess Grace Foundation-USA supports talents in dance, theater, and film through a combination of apprenticeships, fellowships, and scholarships.

PROFILE: Founded in 1982, the Princess Grace Foundation was created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor the memory of his wife, Princess Grace Kelly. It prioritizes “identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.” The foundation supports Theater in the form of fellowships, apprenticeships, and scholarships to individual directors, designers, and actors.

Fellowships are for directors, primary designers, or lead actors who will have a “substantial relationship” with a theater company throughout a season.

Apprenticeships are for directors, designers, or actors who will be mentored by a theater company’s artistic director or a senior company artist throughout a season, with the opportunity to create his/her own work in a workshop or second stage venue.

Scholarships are for tuition assistance for the last year of professional training at a non-profit, U.S. school.

Though funds go to individual theater artists, the application must be collaborative—with either a non-profit theater company or a school. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA calls the non-profit theaters or schools “nominators” and the individual theater artists are “nominees.” Both nominators and nominees have responsibilities for the application process. Those applications are open to anyone (as long as the qualifications are met) with a late March deadline. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA features previous winners on its website.

The foundation also partners with New Dramatists to fund playwrights through the Princess Grace Awards Playwriting Fellowship. The award includes a $7,500 grant as well as opportunities for script development and mentorship.

This grant supports playwrights who have not yet had his or her work produced on a large scale—applicants cannot have had their plays produced under anything grander than the Equity showcase code or its equivalent. Playwriting Fellowship applications are also due in late March.


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