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
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.