A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (1985).
1 July 1985 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków
Pawel Kruszelnicki made his debut at the Stary Theatre when he was still in high school, in the role of Fredzio Chomiński in Andrzej Wajda’s superb production of “As Years Go By, As Days Go By” (1978). Since then, this talented, charismatic actor with an intriguing voice has played numerous roles over the past 30 years in plays directed by Krystian Lupa (“The Lime Works”, “The Brothers Karamazov”, “The Sleepwalkers”, “The Master and Margarita” and “Zarathustra”), Wajda (“The Dybbuk”, “Hamlet IV”, “The Revenge”), Jerzy Jarocki (“The Silver Dream of Salome”), Krzysztof Warlikowski (“Krum”) and Marek Fiedor (“Don Juan”, “Don Quixote”). He spectacularly transformed himself into the demonic Bookmaker Puntschuh in the violent, disturbing production of “Lulu”, directed by Michał Borczuch, and also into an unhappy man with a paralyzed son in the play “Ashes Collecting Inside the Sun”, directed by Wojciech Faruga. After several impressive, sharply defined roles, he had the opportunity to perform in “Being Steve Jobs” by Kmiecik/Liber (as Minister Wilczek and President “S”) and in Łukasz Twarkowski’s multimedia play “Acropolis” (the Angel, Hector, Laban). He gained attention as the Chronophobe in Weronika Szczawinska’s “Genius in a Turtleneck” (an attempt to confront the legend of Konrad Swinarski), the comic Flaczysław (Boudrelas) in Jan Klata’s “King Ubu”, and an ambiguous version of Polonius who builds an interesting relationship with Ophelia in Krzysztof Garbaczewski’s “Hamlet”. In “An Enemy of the People”, based on Henrik Ibsen and directed by Jan Klata, which opened the “Don’t Be Afraid” season (2015/2016), the actor played the role of Captain Horster – who seems to stay out of the conflict, but makes essential decisions and is characterised by the keenness of a laconic commentary.