Theater artist wins Princess Grace Award

DEER ISLE — Theater maker and poet Kate Russell has been named as a 2022 Princess Grace Award winner. Russell was nominated for the award by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, where she was featured as a visiting artist in 2018. She is the founding artistic director of Threadbare Theatre Workshop.

Founded 40 years ago in memory of Princess Grace of Monaco, neé Grace Kelly, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA supports and elevates emerging artists in theater, dance and film through game-changing grants; and nurtures and supports Princess Grace Award winners through their careers.

Russell is the recipient of the 2022 Princess Grace Award, Robert & Gloria Hausman Theater Honor.

The Princess Grace Award recipients “are a distinguished group of individuals that represent the next generation of artistry,” said Brisa Carleton, CEO of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

“The Princess Grace Award acknowledges not only my work as a theater maker but the people and communities I have the honor to collaborate with to make it,” Russell said. “No artist is self-made. I am deeply grateful to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for the nomination, and to the Princess Grace Foundation for choosing to support my vision — it is an incredible gift and privilege.”

To learn more about Kate Russell’s work, visit


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