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.
Kravis 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.
Kravis 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.
Kravis 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.
Kravis Center Contractor:
Blount, Inc. of Montgomery, Alabama. Other major works include the
Louisiana Superdome and the reconstruction of Kuwait following the
Kravis Center Executive Team:
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
Kravis Center Artistic Board:
Celia Lipton Farris