Stepping Off the Path – an interview with Molly Sonsteng

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Season 2, Ep. 1: Stepping Off the Path – an interview with Molly Sonsteng

Molly Sonsteng was the director of admissions at the Manhattan School of Music and had just completed a Master’s at Columbia Teacher’s College with her eye on rising through the ranks in higher ed. Then, one day, with no back-up plan, she just quit. After taking some time, brainstorming, researching, and exploring, she ended up co-founding Madcap Factory, an “amusingly eccentric production house.” A few years later, she started Caveday, facilitated work sessions that happen in a group to enhance focus.

PhD candidate Pallas Catenella interviews Molly and asks about her journey from academia into something completely different. What skills did she need to learn, and what skills were transferable from her previous career? Let’s get curious.

Host: Pallas Catenella
Guest: Molly Sonsteng
Mixing, Mastering: Stephen Biegner
Intro & Incidental Music: Stephen Biegner, Alexa Silverman (her piece “Soundscape” was used under the reading of the manifesto)
Outro Music: Alexa Silverman
Transcript: Emma Gierszal


Madcap Factory


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