Kravis Center’s Popular Lunch & Learn Series Begins with Former Ballerina Wendy Whelan

Judith Mitchell, CEO for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, announced that former New York City Ballet (NYCB) member Wendy Whelan will begin the popular Kravis Center’s 2018 ArtSmart Lunch & Learn series on January 22, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. The series will once again be co-chaired by Lee Wolf and Steven Caras.


One-of-a-kind New York City Ballet dancer Whelan started out in her career inspiring company directors Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins to feature her uniqueness.  Whelan’s subsequent rise to Principal Ballerina status coincided with a rapidly growing fan base, an enormous audience who continue to cheer her on to this day.  Now 50 years old, following hip surgery and a glorious farewell at NYCB, Whelan dances on, collaborating with today’s most innovative contemporary choreographers, promoting their important work in the process.


ArtSmart Lunch & Learn guests will join Whelan as she details her rise from anomaly to stardom. Restless Creature, the new documentary profiling Whelan’s life, is currently being held-over in theaters across the country.  Excerpts will be featured in a revealing, dancer-to-dancer conversation with fellow NYCB alumnus, Steven Caras.


The series of three continuing arts education events includes lively lectures presented during lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center. Tickets for Lunch & Learn lectures are $95 and are held in the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion.


The subsequent 2018 ArtSmart Lunch & Learn line-up* includes such varied topics as Broadway Titans: The Life of a Broadway Producer with Fran Weissler, Roy Furman and Rodger Hess, three successful Broadway producers who will share their unique role in bringing blockbuster shows to Broadway on February 19 and The Fondas, a conversation around one of Hollywood’s legendary dynasties on March 19Broadway Titans: The Life of a Broadway Producer and The Fondas are sold-out, wait list only.

Award-winning business leader, actress and lecturer, Lee Wolf also serves as a Life Trustee of the Kravis Center. A 14-year dancer with the New York City Ballet, Steven Caras maintains an active schedule as a published author, featured lecturer, photographer, dance critic, guest ballet master and fundraiser. After 19 years of Lee Wolf chairing the series, Steven Caras joined her in 2012 to form this dynamic duo as co-chairs for the Lunch & Learn series for ArtSmart at the Kravis Center.


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 an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.


For more than 25 years, the nonprofit Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has helped students of all ages fuel their imaginations and expand their lives through comprehensive arts education programs. Last season, over 60,000 schoolchildren attended numerous performances through the Kravis Center S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series. More than 3,000 adults attended ArtSmart continuing education classes and lectures – with topics ranging from Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Judy Garland.


The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. For general information about the Kravis Center or the ArtSmart Lunch & Learn series, please visit or call the box office at 561-832-7469 (561-832-SHOW).