Princess Grace Theater Awards
 

 
 

Theater Grant OpportunitiesApplication ComponentsWork Sample Guidelines

 

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Grant Period: September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018

Deadline: March 31, 2017

 


 

 

 
 
 
 

Theater Grant Opportunities

 

Please read the below guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility.

SCHOLARSHIPS for tuition assistance for the last year of professional training at a non-profit school located in the United States. Please note, grants are based on tuition costs only; no other expenses (i.e. room and board, materials, books, etc.) may be included.

APPRENTICESHIPS and FELLOWSHIPS for artistic compensation for an individual artist (exclusive of benefits) nominated by a professional, non-profit theater company. Nominees may not have worked with the company for more than five years at the time of application. Please note, the strength of the partnership between the company and the artist is taken into serious consideration during the adjudication process.

Apprenticeship applies to an individual who is “learning the trade” under the mentorship of a skilled staff person. The apprentice will work closely with the artistic director or a senior artist on the company’s mainstage production(s) throughout the grant period (e.g., as an assistant director or designer or an actor in a supporting role). The apprenticeship should also include the opportunity for the nominee to do his/her own work in a workshop or second stage venue.

Fellowship applies to an individual artist who will have a substantial relationship with the nominating company. This artist will assume significant responsibilities on one or more production(s) in the company’s mainstage season during the grant period (e.g., director, lead actor, or primary designer on a production). Significant responsibility for a second stage season will also be considered (e.g., director, lead actor, or primary designer).

Professional Non-Profit Theater Companies must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Employ professional artistic and administrative staff
  • Have been in continuous operation as a professional theater company who has held 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of 3 years
  • Have a total of 20 weeks of rehearsal and performance for the current and previous 3 years
  • Have demonstrated the ability to raise public and other private funds

Application Components

 

Required from Nominee:

  • Completed application
  • Resume including dates of productions and employment
  • Personal Statement: Please describe, in your own words, the ambitions and aspirations you hold for your role as a theater artist; describe where you currently are as an artist and your future goals. Include your name at the top of the page, left aligned. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
  • Directorial/design approach (Directors and Designers Only): Submit a statement of your directorial/design approach to the mounting of one of the work samples included in your application. Be sure to include a brief description of this work and speak about your collaboration with designers, actors, and directors to achieve your vision. Include your name at the top of the page, left aligned. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
  • High res (300 dpi) photo of nominee suitable for publicity
  • Work Samples: Submit two to three work samples (via links such as vimeo or youtube) that you feel best represent your work as an artist. Space will be provided below to submit links such as vimeo or youtube. Submitted materials become the property of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

Required from Nominator:

  • Nominator's recommendation: Please tell us why you consider this candidate outstanding in the field and deserving of a Princess Grace Award, and how the candidate has demonstrated his/her excellence and future promise as an outstanding artist. Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
    • Include a general timeline of the applicant's schedule during the grant period.
    • For Apprenticeship and Fellowship applications: please describe the applicant's proposed project(s), his/her specific artistic responsibilities, and the artist(s) with which he/she will be working during the grant period (September 2017 - August 2018). Be as specific as possible as to how the relationship between the nominating organization and the nominee contributes to his/her artistic growth.
  • Biography of nominator: Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
  • Grant Request Verification:
    • Tuition Verification (Scholarships only): Please provide verification of tuition from the bursar's office for the 2017-2018 school year, exclusive of room and board, living expenses, etc.
    • Salary Verification (Apprenticeships and Fellowships): Please provide a letter on company stationery verifying the requested grant amount for the applicant. The request amount is for the salary/artistic fee only, exclusive of benefits. Please explain your reasoning for the requested amount.
  • Scholarships Only: Schools should submit the following documents:
    • Description of program offerings
    • List of faculty
    • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status
  • Apprenticeships and Fellowships Only: Professional Non-Profit Theater companies should submit the following documents:
    • Most recent financial and/or annual report
    • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status
    • List of artistic and administrative staff, board of directors/trustees, and company members
    • Company description/mission statement

Work Sample Guidelines

Actors: It is strongly recommended that the applicant submit contrasting work samples in terms of genre and style (contemporary vs. classical) and work samples that highlight his/her range of artistic abilities.

  • Please make sure the link submitted is live and accessible by March 31, 2016 through July 31, 2016 to give the panel ample time to view the sample. It is strongly recommended that live streaming links be secure and you must provide the Princess Grace Foundation-USA with passwords.
  • The total of all selections must not exceed 10 minutes. Samples longer than 10 minutes will not be viewed.
  • Please submit at least one monologue and one scene work sample.
  • Please ensure that the performer is clearly visible. In at least one piece, please position the camera to enable a static shot framing the performer’s body from the waist up.

Directors/Designers: Submit work samples that demonstrate the variety of the nominee’s work. It is strongly recommended that nominees include at least one video from a production as work sample. We understand providing video can be a challenge, but if possible, we encourage the nominee to send some samples showing how his/her directorial/design vision is realized on stage.

  • Please make sure the link submitted is live and accessible by March 31, 2017 through July 31, 2017 to give the panel ample time to view the sample. It is strongly recommended that live streaming links be secure and you must provide the Princess Grace Foundation-USA with passwords.
  • The total of all selections must not exceed 10 minutes. Samples longer than 10 minutes will not be viewed.
  • Designers: Please submit multiple photos from each production, including if possible, renderings, sketches, and photos of fully realized productions.
  • Sound designers: Please specify if you are the composer of the music included in the work sample and how the sound was utilized in the performance and venue.
  • Designers may mail portfolios of work to the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Please make sure to have the work sample postmarked by March 31, 2017 and clearly label your work so we know to whom it belongs. If you would like your portfolio returned, self-addressed packaging with appropriate postage must be included with your submission.

Diana Kemppainen, Program Director
PGF-USA
150 East 58th Street, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10155

If you would like your portfolio returned, self-addressed packing with appropriate postage must be included with your submission.

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Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017 (11:59 PM PT)