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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
September 20, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Alumnus Wins Princess Grace Foundation's Gant Gathier Theater Award

PITTSBURGH—Carlos Armesto, a 2005 graduate from Carnegie Mellon University with a master's degree in directing, is one of the winners of the 2005 Princess Grace Awards. The Board of Trustees of the Princess Grace Foundation USA and its chairman, Hon. John F. Lehman, recently announced the winners of the 2005 Princess Grace Awards. Prince Albert of Monaco, the foundation's vice chairman, along with notable artists will host the Awards Gala, which will be hosted by CNN's Larry King on October 26 at Manhattan's Cipriana on 42nd Street. The Awards for Theater, Dance and Film began in 1984 and are named in honor of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, who was known for helping new artists achieve their goals.

Armesto won a theater apprenticeship with salary support at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. "This is a fast-paced, high-stakes, high-energy theatre, where we develop a lot of new work with many high-profile artists. My work at Carnegie Mellon prepared me well for dealing with this kind of environment. I particularly credit Elizabeth Bradley, Milan Stitt, Mladen Kiselov, Geoff Hitch, Michael Olich, Susan Tsu and Judy Conte for all the opportunities, challenges and encouragement they offered me," Armesto said.

To date, the foundation has awarded more than $4 million to more than 400 artists nationwide in the areas of theatre, dance and film. Choreography will be added this year. Armesto presented a collection of all his theater work, including some pieces he worked on at Carnegie Mellon.

"My experience at Carnegie Mellon was instrumental in reaching this level of accomplishment. Because I worked extensively on new plays, and because I had an integral part in the curation and running of a large-scale international arts festival, I fit in well at Ensemble Studio Theatre," said Armesto.

The foundation, a public charity created after the death of Princess Grace in 1982, awards grants, scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships to assist artists with their training. Playwright Tony Kushner and "SpongeBobSquarePants" creator Stephen Hillenberg were previous award winners. An arts advisory board of professionals, including Placido Domingo, Suzanne Farrell and Harold Prince, assists the executive director of the foundation, Toby E. Boshak.

The School of Drama is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information on the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765, or by email at or visit


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