School of drama

School Notes: David Geffen School of Drama
November/December 2022

James Bundy ’95MFA |

Acting student receives Princess Grace Award

Acting student Abigail C. Onwunali ’23 is the recipient of a 2022 Princess Grace Award. The annual awards support and elevate early-career artists in theater, dance, and film with unrestricted $10,000 cash grants. 

Onwunali is a multi-faceted Nigerian American theater maker currently in her fourth year at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale. Her acting credits include Charly Evon Simpson’s It’s not a Trip It’s a Journey at the Chautauqua Theater Conservatory; Valor at the Guthrie Theater; and Swimmers, Love I Awethu Further, and Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Geffen School. She is a graduated acting fellow of Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Mentorship Program and she served as a co–artistic director of the 2021–22 Yale Cabaret season, during which she also worked as a performer, director, and playwright. Her play Jewel was one of the 2021 Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival winners, and her slam poems have been viewed worldwide. 

The Princess Grace Foundation–USA is dedicated to upholding the legacy of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco (née Grace Kelly) and her commitment to advancing the arts in the United States. 

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