Olmsted-Beil House Virtual Programs

Production of virtual programs for Friends of the Olmsted-Beil House // 2021

Turnstile provided technical assistance on the production of virtual programs for the Friends of Olmsted-Beil House, a nonprofit organization that is working to preserve and interpret the former home and grounds of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in Staten Island. The programs have included an on-site virtual tour of the park grounds and discussion on how Olmsted’s experience in Staten Island influenced his later work, and a panel on Olmsted 1871 comprehensive plan for the Staten Island’s growth and development. Production tasks included pre-production meetings with guests, on-camera hosting and moderation, and directing all visual and audio features of the broadcast.

Olmsted-Beil House

Thai Select: Thai Food in America

Virtual food festivals highlighting Thai food and culture // 2020–2021

Building on Turnstile’s experience with food-focused tours and virtual programming, we were engaged by marketing and communications agency ELMNTL on behalf of Thai Select USA to produce two series of online programs about Thai cuisine and culture. Produced during the height of the pandemic in the fall of 2020, the first series “Thai Food in America,” featured certified Thai Select restaurants from across the US with tutorials on Thai ingredients and cooking techniques and live cooking demos from 11 different restaurants across six hour-long virtual programs, including a live broadcast from Thailand. The second series in the summer of 2021, “Passport to the Northeast,” engaged not just restaurants in the Northeast region, but food suppliers, tour guides, and scholars to explore topics related to Thai foodways, diaspora communities, language, and culture. The series also included an interactive map of more than 100 certified restaurants and Thai business and cultural sites stretching from North Carolina to New England.

Photo by Clay Williams Photography

New York, NY - August 31, 2020: Photos of A Plus Thai in Midtown East. Photos by Clay Williams. © Clay Williams / claywilliamsphoto.com

Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Making Brooklyn Bloom

Technical production assistance for virtual public program // 2021 and 2022

Turnstile Studio provided pre-production, training, coordination, and production services to Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s staff for their annual community event, Making Brooklyn Bloom, which was held on Zoom in March 2021 and 2022 with hundreds of participants both years. This work included creating a production plan and run-of-show to make the online event as interactive as possible, training the staff, volunteers, and guest speakers on relevant Zoom features and production tasks, managing a Facebook Live stream, directing all visual and audio features of the broadcast, coordinating with American Sign Language interpreters, and facilitating other accessibility accommodations.