Alan Lebow Award for Excellence In Shakespearean Performance Permanently Endowed at the Kravis Center

Kids’ Dreams, Inc. Board of Directors recently made a gift to the endowment of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts to permanently fund the Alan Lebow Award for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance.  The Alan Lebow Award encourages students enrolled in local Title I high schools to channel The Bard in a live performance for the chance to earn up to $5,000 in cash awards. A Shakespeare selection of no more than three minutes must be performed from memory before a panel of judges. Winners will be honored at a reception at the Kravis Center on Saturday, January 30, 2016, and will receive tickets to the performance that same evening of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by the Aquila Theatre.


Majesty Smith, one of the 2015 winners  (Image courtesy of Kids' Dreams, Inc.)

Majesty Smith, one of the 2015 winners (Image courtesy of Kids’ Dreams, Inc.)

Students are judged in five categories of performance: concentration, emotional commitment, energy, evidence of understanding and overall performance. Applications to audition for the 2016 Lebow Award are now open and will be accepted through Friday, December 18, 2015.

“The Alan Lebow Award for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance is such a fantastic program and we have been thrilled to partner with Kids’ Dreams over the past six years to present this competitive program for our community’s high school students,” said Judy Mitchell, CEO of the Kravis Center. “We view this generous gift from Kids’ Dreams, Inc., as a strong vote of confidence from the Kids’ Dreams board of directors in the Kravis Center and in our outstanding Education Department. We are deeply grateful for the gift and very proud of the program.”

“My dad would quote sonnets at the dinner table, perform soliloquies on family trips, and write all my summer camp letters in iambic pentameter,” said Amanda Lebow, daughter of the award’s namesake and a board member of Kids’ Dreams, Inc. “He would be so proud to see that his love of the Bard and passion for the stage is still being carried on today by our community’s amazing students.”

Alan Lebow was active in the philanthropic community as an early supporter and Founder Member of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. He and his wife, Patricia, were involved in numerous charitable efforts, and supported Mt. Sinai Medical Center as well as the University of Richmond, establishing the Lebow Family Scholarship there. Together they established Kids’ Dreams, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to provide Palm Beach County youth an opportunity to participate in the culture of the community in conjunction with mentoring from local law enforcement.

Established as a leading force in the social fabric of the community, the Kravis Center’s many outreach programs are as broad and varied as the community itself. For more information on education programming at the Kravis Center, please call the Kravis Center Education Department at 561-651-4251 or visit

To Apply for Auditions for the Alan Lebow Award:

Students must be full-time attendees at an area Title I high school.

Students must be available for the judging on Saturday, January 16, 2016, and must also be available to attend the awards reception on Saturday, January 30, 2016, if selected.

A Shakespeare selection of no more than three minutes in length must be performed from memory before a panel of judges on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

An application must be completed and submitted no later than Friday, December 18, 2015, at 5 p.m.

To receive an application, please contact Alison Rehm in the Kravis Center’s Education Department at 561-651-4376 or [email protected].

For Teachers:

Shakespeare Audition Skills Workshops are available to be scheduled at participating schools at no cost. Led by dynamic teaching artists, these workshops will assist teachers and students in preparing for the audition. Students will receive guidance on selecting the appropriate material, understanding the content of their selection, and preparing for their overall performance.

There is no cost for the workshops.

To request a workshop or to learn more, please contact Alison Rehm in the Kravis Center’s Education Department at 561-651-4376 or [email protected].

Did You Know?

More than 2 million students have come through the doors at the Kravis Center since the program started.

Kravis Center, a non-profit organization, provides $100,000 in field trip bus transportation for students each year.

70 percent of students who attend productions at the Kravis Center receive Admission waivers.

60,000 students per year see an average of 30 productions.

More than 900 teachers in Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties participate in the Kravis Center’s S*T*A*R Series.

Last season, 6,000 students saw Kravis-On-The-Road Series.

Last season, 3,000 Kravis Center patrons attended the various ArtSmart classes and lectures.

Last season, more than 7,000 students participated in 79 Student Arts Enrichment events, which include various Master Classes, Beyond the Stage performances and various training opportunities such as The De George Academy for Performing Arts, The Broadway Artists Intensive and ArtsCamp.