The New York Observer: “Teaching With Passion”

The EDUCATED Observer takes a closer look at how Grant Kretchik, head of Pace’s BFA Acting Program, is bringing his passions into the classroom – and getting results.

Kretchik reminds his students that acting is not merely a “degree or career, it’s a lifestyle.”

Kretchik believes that his position makes him responsible for encouraging his students to contribute to their communities.  To this end, he makes every effort to bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace and also looks into opportunities for outreach programs through partnerships with organizations such as Broadway Green Alliance – – www.scribd.com/doc/41935757/The-Educated-Observer-Winter-2010

BroadwayWorld – Pace Presents Original Staged Adaption of A CHRISTMAS CAROL … Music, Dance and Larger than Life Puppets, December 8-12

The most famous holiday story ever told is alive at Pace University, filled with choreography by Rhonda Miller, music by Scott O’Brien and many surprises. The production is as vibrant as it is haunting in this new adaptation by Grant Kretchik. Adults and children alike are sure to find something fresh in this inventive and festive holiday production, on top of being an affordable way to celebrate the holiday season in New York City.

Pace University and the Department of Performing Arts take you on a fantastical journey with the timeless holiday classic A Christmas Carol, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. 

Enter the world of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is confronted by larger than life puppets who teach him the value of the holiday spirit and the importance of family and kindness to others –  http://t.co/w8YPts7

December 8-12, 2010

Performance Schedule: Wednesday-Saturday at 8PM; Saturday at 2:00PM; Sunday at 1:00PM and 7:00PM

Location: Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, New York City Campus east of City Hall in Lower Manhattan (entrance on Spruce Street)

Tickets: Students/Seniors $8 Adults $12, General Admission Seating

Reservations: email tickets@pace.edu

Professor Grant Kretchik nurtured his love for acting while growing up in Hawley, PA.

Drama is a tough field, Kretchik affirmed, and noted that the public perception is that acting is glamorous. In truth, drama is a lot of work; it is a job, yet for him, it is a vocation that he loves.

Professor Grant Kretchik’s hometown newspaper, The News Eagle, pays tribute to his performing arts career – http://www.neagle.com/highlight/x1696239082/Hawley-son-on-cast-of-When-Harry-Tries-to-Marry 

Highlights include a supporting role in the romantic comedy, When Harry Tries to Marry, which was filmed on Pace’s NYC campus in Lower Manhattan (and Kutch, India).  The film had its world premiere on October 22nd at the Austin Film Festival.

Kretchik is also currently directing a new adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (December 8 – 12, Pace’s Schimmel Theater), and assisting with the first national tour of Next to Normal, a Pulitzer-prize winning Broadway production.