Nov 6, 2007    #143
Contact: Angela Turner

UMKC theater student receives Princess Grace Award for acting

A University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) theater student will spend a night amid royalty as recipient of an award named in honor of Princess Grace of Monaco.

Toccarra Cash, pursuing a master of fine arts degree in theater, has been awarded the Princess Grace acting scholarship in the category of theater. As part of the honor, the Dayton, Ohio, native will attend a black tie gala hosted by CNN’s Larry King on Oct. 25 in Manhattan, N.Y.

Cash has achieved other notable honors for her talent. She received a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in drama. Cash has worked in conjunction with the Regional Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre and True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, as well as the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City.

She will be playing in “A Star Ain’t Nothing but a Hole in Heaven” at the Coterie Theatre at Crown Center from Sept. 25-Oct. 14.

Cash believes the Princess Grace Award will be a turning point in her career.

“I am excited because this pushes me to want to grow even more as an artist,” she said. “It makes me want to work even harder and climb even higher so that when I get high enough up on the ladder, I can reach back down and pull others up with me.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco will preside over the evening with the Prince and Princess of Hanover also in attendance. In addition to the various grants and awards, James Earl Jones will present filmmaker George Lucas with the Prince Rainier III Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts.

The Princess Grace Foundation, a public charity formed after the death of Princess Grace Kelly in 1982, awards grants, scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships to assist artists with their training. Since the beginning, more than $5 million in awards have been given to emerging talent who represent the best and the brightest in their fields.

For further information about the Princess Grace Awards and Princess Grace Foundation-USA, visit or call (212) 317-1470.

UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. The program trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers and dramaturgs for careers in the performing arts. Graduates from the UMKC program are invited to the most prestigious New York competitions and auditions to exhibit their work and secure positions with national and international performing companies. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.


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