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Yo-Yo Ma and Maria Popova with Elena Park at National Sawdust. (photo: Jill Steinberg)

Yo-Yo Ma and Maria Popova with Elena Park at National Sawdust. (photo: Jill Steinberg)

Lumahai Productions creates programs, tells stories, and explores stimulating ideas that connect the worlds of arts, culture, media, and technology. Its founder, Elena Park, curates NationalSawdust+, a performance and conversation series at the non-profit venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that often explores contemporary topics and issues of equity, as well as events at the Kennedy Center, where she serves as artistic consultant. Recent TV and film credits include Bel Canto, the feature film starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe, and the Golden Globe-winning TV series, Mozart in the Jungle. Elena is Supervising Producer for the The Met: Live in HD and a Strategic Advisor for Meyer Sound. After more than two decades working for leading media and cultural institutions, Elena launched Lumahai Productions in November 2014.


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Lumahai Productions produces programs for TV, radio, and film. For The Met: Live in HD, seen in 1600 theaters in 70 countries, and the Met's Saturday radio broadcasts, Elena oversees the opening and intermission content. (Above: Anna Netrebko, Piotr Bezcala, and host Joyce DiDonato)

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NationalSawdust+ connects artists and thinkers including Marina Abramovic + Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith + Waltraud Meier, and Jad Abumrad + Caroline Shaw.  Guest NS+ curators have ranged from directors Julie Taymor and Michael Mayer to visual artist Carrie Mae Weems (above, with Craig Harris) to writer Jacqueline Woodson. In addition to programming talks for the upcoming opening of The REACH at the Kennedy Center, Elena also created events in partnership with NYPL Live, Le Poisson Rouge, and Guggenheim Works & Process, where she has served as moderator. (photo: Jill Steinberg)


We create strategies for programming, media, marketing, and communications, whether for audio pioneer Meyer Sound, the JFK Centennial at the Kennedy Center, a citywide festival of Cambodian culture and the recent Bangsokol, or the first worldwide transmission of Kanye West's Adidas YEEZY launch. (Above: Royal Ballet of Cambodia)


We are developing art installations such as Passing, a large-scale, three-room installation utilizing Tibetan objects and imagery, created with artist Sonam Dolma Brauen. Her art work, My Father's Death (detail, 2009), is pictured above.