Through the generosity of Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton, The Winchester Prize is presented for choreographic distinction and perceived potential for creative development. The prize winner will receive a cash award of $1,500, support to further develop their work with the guidance of a mentor, as well as the possibility of remounting their work at the SummerWorks Performance Festival.

The Winchester Prize acknowledges and celebrates the School’s commitment to creative development, and enhances awareness of the School’s contribution to the success of a generation of accomplished choreographers. The prize also recognizes the importance of mentorship to support emerging talent.

The School is delighted to announce that Kristen Stambolic has been chosen as this year’s winner of the Winchester Prize.

The adjudication panel said this about Kristen and her work One for Five: “Kristen’s application was extremely well-written, thoughtful, and thorough. She has wonderful potential as an emerging choreographer. We found the concept of her work and the exploration of dance and video to be exceptionally interesting and worthy of further development. Kristen is mature, open-minded, inquisitive, and shows willingness to be mentored. As a choreographer and videographer, she shows great promise. Her application spoke with the heart of an artist, and she is ready to take a giant step forward with the support of The Winchester Prize.”

© Timothy Yeung