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Sunday Spotlight: Meet the Princess Grace Award winning Theatrical Directors

Updated: Feb 4


Welcome to our third “Sunday Spotlight”, celebrating the launch of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s 2021 Awards program.


In this series, we highlight many of the incredible artists who have been awarded by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.


This week, we are excited to introduce some of our renowned Princess Grace Award Winning theatrical directors.


The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to honoring the legacy of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, (neé Grace Kelly). The Foundation honors Her continued influence by educating and inspiring the world to ensure Her purpose and passions live on. Her commitment to advance the arts in the United States is sustained by the Princess Grace Awards which supports and elevates extraordinary early career artists in theater, dance and film through game-changing grants; and nurtures and supports Princess Grace Award winners throughout their careers.


Applications for the Princess Grace Awards 2021 remain open until Monday, February 15.


Tina Landau

Director 1988

Tina is a writer, director and teacher, who in 2016 brought Bikini Bottom to life directing and conceiving SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical. Theater buffs will also know her as the director for Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes and Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts. Before all that Tina was an aspiring director at American Repertory Theatre when she received her Princess Grace Award.


SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical

Upcoming: Virtual production of Space Dogs at MCC Theater in Spring 2021, Inaugural Artist in Residence at Little Island in NYC


Anna Shapiro

Directing 1996

Anna is the Artistic Director of the world-renowned Steppenwolf Theatre and a Tony Award winning director. Broadway fans may know her best for her stunning (and Tony Award winning) direction of August: Osage County, The Motherf**ker with the Hat and the upcoming musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada with music by Elton John. The Princess Grace Foundation has been part of Anna’s development since back in 1996 when she first began her artistic journey with Steppenwolf Theatre.


August: Osage County © American Theatre Wing

Upcoming: Musical Adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada



Sam Gold

Directing 2004

Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold is known for the invigorating risks he takes as a director both when working with new text (Fun Home and A Dolls’ House Part 2 on Broadway) and interpreting classics (King Lear, Hamlet) a skill that he honed through one of his first working relationships with a theater company, The Wooster Group. It was a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation that made this early formative work possible and the Foundation has been delighted to be part of Sam’s artistic journey since 2004.


Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs in Fun Home Joan Marcus

Upcoming: Three Sisters, featuring Princess Grace Award winner Oscar Isaac,


Evan Yionoulis

Directing 1985

Evan is an Obie Award-winning theater director who also pays forward her artistic insights to the next generations of extraordinary theater artists. She is the Richard Rodgers Director of Drama at the prestigious Juilliard School, a position she came to after 20 years on faculty at Yale School of Drama teaching directing and acting to famous alums like Lupita N’yongo and Moses Ingram - the Princess Grace Award winner we introduced you to last week. In addition to educating the next generation, Evan develops new work and is currently developing Redhand Guitar about five generations of American musicians and The Dread Pirate Project about identity and anonymity across the digital and natural worlds. The Princess Grace Foundation got to know Evan in 1985 when she was an aspiring director and has been proud to be part of her journey.



Upcoming: In development on Redhand Guitar and The Dread Pirate Project


Applications are now open for the 2021 Princess Grace Awards. Interested in applying? Learn more here.


Interested in learning more about all of our Award Winners?

Visit us at www.pgfusa.org/award-winners


Coming up next Sunday: "Meet the Princess Grace Award Winning Film Directors"


Credits: American Theatre, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, Variety, IBDB, American Theatre, BroadwayWorld, Playbill, BroadwayBuzz,

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