in 1992, the stunning $63 million Raymond F. Kravis Center for
the Performing Arts holds more than 800 events each year, with
more than 400,000 people in attendance annually. One of the premier
performing arts centers in the Southeast, this copper and marble
showcase is the center for cultural events in West Palm Beach
and only truly respectable concerts, plays, ballets and operas
take place here. Set on 10.6 acres of property at the highest
point in the city, Dreyfoos Hall, named after its original benefactor,
seats 2,193 and is the main performance venue. The 300 seat Rinker
Playhouse is a black box theatre where much of the drama is performed
and the 1400 seat Gosman Amphitheatre allows for outdoor entertainment.
Kravitz Center Namesake:
Raymond F. Kravis was a prominent geologist and philanthropist
from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who wintered in Palm Beach for more than
35 years. In 1985, a consortium of his friends donated more than
$7 million to name the facility for Mr. Kravis.
Kravitz Center Architect:
Eberhard Zeidler, principal partner in the firm of Zeidler-Roberts
Partnership of Toronto, Ontario. Other major works include the
World Trade Center and Liberty Place One in Philadelphia.
Kravitz Center Acoustician:
Russell Johnson/Artec Consultants, New York. Major works include
Symphony Hall in Birmingham, England and the Morton Meyerson Symphony
Center in Dallas, Texas.
Kravitz Center Contractor:
Blount, Inc. of Montgomery, Alabama. Other major works include
the Louisiana Superdome and the reconstruction of Kuwait following
the Gulf War.
Kravitz Center Executive
Judith A. Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer
Kyle F. Roberts-Ruge, Chief Financial Officer
W. Lee Bell, Senior Director of Programming
James P. Mitchell, Senior Director of Theatre Operations
Andrew Segaloff, Senior Director of Information Systems
Kravitz Center Artistic
Celia Lipton Farris