Patrick Page, an actor familiar to Utah Shakespearean Festival audiences and this past season's Pioneer Theatre Company fans, has been named by the Princess Grace Foundation as recipient of a theater fellowship.

The award will be presented formally during a presentation later this year in New York City.The Princess Grace Foundation's principal objective is to provide opportunities for young artists so that they may continue to pursue, with integrity and commitment, the development of their art.

An Oregon native, Page has worked and lived in Cedar City for the past several years. His roles with USF have included Iago, Jaques, Brutus, Don Armado, Dr. Caius, Hortensio and Richard III.

He joined PTC last season for his first fully professional job with an Equity company, playing Horatio in "Hamlet," Tony in `You Can't Take It With You" and Etienne in "A Flea In Her Ear." He'll portray Le Bret in PTC's "Cyrano de Bergerac," opening Wednesday.

Page is a director, playwright, teacher and theater administrator as well as an actor. His one-man show, "Passion's Slaves," has toured widely, and his adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," is currently in rehearsal in Oregon.

He trained at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts under Donovan Marley, and appeared in more than a dozen roles in PCPA's Theatrefest in Santa Maria, Calif. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Whitman College in Washington.

"I am honored to receive this award from the Princess Grace Foundation," Page said. "I'm thrilled at the great opportunity I have because of this and I hope that my work will justify the award."