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The Road Less Traveled: Living a Creative Life
June 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Robert Sandberg ’70, Lecturer, Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of English
Donna Weng Friedman ’80, Pianist
Erika Wolf ’85, Professor, School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen (Siberia)
Pilar Castro-Kiltz ’10, Founder, More Canvas Consulting
Adam Klosowiak ’15, Cofounder and CEO of KLOS Guitars and Skill Board
R. N. Sandberg ’70
Lecturer, Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of English
Bob Sandberg is a playwright, theater director and teacher. He has given seminars in American Drama, dramatic conflict, challenging drama for youth and political theater, and has taught a wide range of dramatic literature from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre to World Drama. He teaches playwriting and acting in the Program in Theater and has directed Greek tragedy, comic opera, Brecht, Chekhov and contemporary plays by writers as different as Lewis Black, Anna Deavere Smith and Wendy Wasserstein. His plays have been presented in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Panama and South Korea, as well as throughout the U.S. “Can’t Believe It” won a Bonderman National Playwriting award and “The Trials of the Massachusetts Servants” won the American Repertory Theatre’s Discovering Justice contest. Other plays and musicals include “A Woman of Means,” “Convivencia, Evenings In/Evenings Out,” “Goodbye Dolly,” “In Between,” “Jarpteetza/The Firebird,” “The Judgment of Bett,” “Mad Dreams,” “Roundelay,” “What Can’t Be Seen,” and adaptations of “A Little Princess,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “The Body of Christopher Creed,” “Frankenstein,” “The Moonstone,” and “The Odyssey.” His plays are published by Playscripts and Dramatic Publishing. His work has been supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Theatre Communications Group, National Endowment for the Arts and various local and state arts commissions. Sandberg was a Princeton undergraduate, majoring in History with Certificates in American and African American Studies. He has been teaching at Princeton since 1995 and received the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.
Donna Weng Friedman ’80
Pianist Donna Weng Friedman enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, curator and app developer. She is the co-creator and co-host of HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY, a mini-series on WQXR radio station as well as a concert series that shines a light on women composers, past and present.
Donna has performed at Caramoor, Jeu de Paume, France, Symphony Hall in Shanghai, the Flagler Museum, the 92nd St. Y, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. She has collaborated with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Carter Brey, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, and Anthony McGill, and has performed as soloist with the Atlanta, Philadelphia and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, to mention a few. Donna has conducted master classes at the Shanghai and Beijing conservatories and is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music.
The curator of the Donna Weng Friedman ’80 Master Class Series at Princeton University, she is also a member of Princeton University Music Department’s Advisory Council as well as the board of directors of Friends of Thirteen/WNET.
Donna was the music supervisor and recording artist for the award-winning film documentary “Frames of Life” as well as for the documentaries “Living Liberty” and “Morris Engle: The Independent”. She created “The Music Bee Club” interactive classical music app series for children ages 2-8 featuring world class musicians, such as cellist Carter Brey and flutist Elizabeth Mann, produced by sixteen-time Grammy Award winner David Frost.
Donna is proud to announce the launch of HERITAGE AND HARMONY, a WQXR concert video series featuring leading classical musicians of Asian descent, in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month and beyond. https://www.wqxr.org/story/heritage-harmony/
Erika Wolf ’85
Professor, School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen (Siberia)
Erika Wolf ’85 worked at the Whitney Museum for a few years after graduation before pursuing a doctorate at the University of Michigan, where she took up the study of Soviet visual culture and propaganda art around the time of the collapse of the USSR. She held visiting professorships and postdoctoral fellowships at Wayne State University, the University of Rochester, and Columbia University before joining the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 2003. That same year, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Russian Federation, which culminated in the book “Ilf and Petrov’s American Roadtrip”, a reconstruction of a photo essay by two celebrated Soviet authors. A visual historian and cultural critic, she has authored books on the Soviet propaganda artists Aleksandr Zhitomirsky and Viktor Koretsky, and worked on exhibition projects with the Reina Sofia Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. An expert on Soviet visual culture, she has also written about photography and contemporary art in the Pacific. In 2018, she joined the faculty of the School of Advanced Studies (Tyumen, Siberia), a new experimental liberal arts institution dedicated to interdisciplinary research. In her teaching, she encourages students to engage creatively with course materials and to pursue original research. In addition to her academic career, Erika has been active in rugby since first pulling on her boots as a sophomore. She was the first Tiger to be selected for the U.S. Women’s Rugby Team. In addition to a 25 year career as a player, she has also coached and refereed in the US, New Zealand and Russian Federation.
Pilar Castro-Kiltz ’10
With an MBA from The Wharton School and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Pilar Castro-Kiltz ’10 is an artist and an entrepreneur, working at the intersection of the arts and business. Observing a need for flexible strategy, branding and marketing services for artists, she founded More Canvas Consulting in 2014, and after earning her MBA, expanded the firm to serve small businesses and entrepreneurs in industries beyond the arts. Pilar founded and is Director of The Princeton Arts Alumni: a network and resources for alumni in and for the arts across disciplines, geographies, and decades. Pilar founded and is Director of The Princeton Arts Alumni, a network and resource hub for alumni in the arts across disciplines, geographies, and decades. She has served as Executive Artistic Director of Ensemble Dance, a dance-theater company creating original interdisciplinary works for performance in New York City, which she founded in 2011. Her work has been seen at Radio City Music Hall, Off-Off Broadway stages and competitively curated festivals, and on film. Pilar continues to work as a producer and theater maker. She is currently writing a new music theater piece, and producing a ballet that addresses the impact of climate change on indigenous peoples in the polar North.
Adam Klosowiak ’15
Cofounder and CEO of KLOS Guitars and Skill Board
While Adam Klosowiak ’15 was a junior in the electrical engineering department, he became interested in entrepreneurship through participating and winning an engineering hackathon. His newfound interest in entrepreneurship found a home when he was visiting his brother, Ian, in Utah during a ski trip his senior year. His brother had been working on a carbon fiber guitar and, having picked up guitar a couple years earlier, Adam eagerly applied the idea to a business competition. After winning $1000 in that competition, Adam began applying to other competitions, leading him to participate in the 2015 eLab summer accelerator at Princeton.
While what became known as KLOS Guitars was still in its early stages, Adam traveled to Austria to complete a Fulbright Fellowship teaching English for a year to fulfill his passion for traveling and languages, sparked by his studies of German and French at Princeton. Following his fellowship year, Adam worked for Strategy& as a management consultant for a year in Washington D.C. Once KLOS Guitars garnered enough traction in the market, Adam decided to go full time with the company and move to Utah to lead the team in person as the CEO. Five years after its inception in 2015, KLOS Guitars has grown to 18 employees, having produced over 5000 high end instruments for customers in over 80 countries and all 50 states.
As a first-generation Polish immigrant, Adam grew up taking advantage of every opportunity possible, and still does today. Outside of working on his guitar company, he spends time running his other company Skill Board, learning Italian, skiing, cycling and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.