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Kravis Center’s Judith Mitchell Receives George Abbott Award

The Carbonell Awards organization recognized Judith A. Mitchell’s contributions to the arts in South Florida and added her to the pantheon of prestigious George Abbott Award winners.

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There is a lot to celebrate this season for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Not only is the cultural institution celebrating its 25th Anniversary, but on April 3, 2017, the Kravis Center’s CEO Judith Mitchell received the coveted George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts during the 41st Annual Carbonell Awards.  The awards celebration was held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Each year, the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts is awarded to an individual or team who has contributed significantly to the artistic and cultural development of the region.

“The Carbonell Awards have recognized many respected individuals in the theater community over the last 40 years and it’s a privilege to be joining them,” said Ms. Mitchell. “I want to thank my dedicated staff, the board of directors and loyal supporters of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, who have all helped contribute to the Kravis Center’s success.  I am delighted to be accepting this award in their honor.”

Ms. Mitchell joined the Kravis Center as Director of Development in December 1989, prior to the performing arts center opening. In 1992, Mitchell became the Chief Executive Officer of the Kravis Center and today supervises the overall operation of the $138 million performing arts center.  In addition to planning and implementing all corporate policies for the Kravis Center, Ms. Mitchell oversees 200 employees, more than 700 volunteers and a $26 million annual operating budget.

With Ms. Mitchell’s direction, the Kravis Center has served as an economic catalyst to the region, contributing over $500,000,000 to the local economy since its doors opened in 1992. Since that time, it has provided over 13,000 performances, sold over $8 million tickets, provided free performances to more than 2 million students and drawn over 10 million visitors to the area.

“The Carbonell Awards organization is proud to recognize Judith A. Mitchell’s contributions to the arts in South Florida and add her to the pantheon of prestigious George Abbott Award winners,” said Don Walters, president of the Carbonell Board of Directors. “Her work at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has helped raise the bar of excellence and the visibility of the arts in South Florida to those both inside our region and in the rest of the nation.”

The Carbonell Awards fosters the artistic growth of professional theater in South Florida by celebrating the diversity of our theater artists, providing educational scholarships, and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting achievements of our theater community. Over 25 professional theater companies in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties participate in the awards process every year. Each season volunteer panelists and judges choose nominees and recipients from hundreds of shows produced on our area stages. In addition, The Carbonell Awards celebrate the accomplishments of our artistic leaders by presenting ‘Special Awards’ and show dedication to the next generation of artists and journalists by awarding scholarships.

This season, as the Kravis Center celebrates its silver anniversary, it renews its commitment to the community to present the gold standard of excellence in the performing arts.

The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs, by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work and by providing community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.

Fans and friends of the Kravis Center should stay tuned on the Kravis Center’s social channels throughout the 25th anniversary season for fun updates and surprises, including trivia contests, ticket giveaways and more. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.


On April 3, 2017, Kravis Center CEO, Judith Mitchell Receives George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts in South Florida.

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