Florence Barrau-Adams has sound designed stage productions that debuted at Aaron Davis Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, Fringe Festival NYC, NJPAC, and the Kennedy Center. She was an integral part of creating ten audio programs (radio and podcasts) from inception to implementation for outlets such as WNYC: New York Public Radio, Scholastic, and PRX. Video work commissioned by The Appeal, Scholastic, McGraw Hill and NowThis, to name a few. For 9 years, Florence hosted New York Kids, a weekly two-hour magazine format show on WNYC. Currently, Florence is the Senior Producer of Citations Needed, a podcast about the intersection of media, PR, and power. With over 20,000,000 downloads Citations Needed was a 2020 WEBBY HONOREE.
Past podcasts include:
All Ears with Abigail Disney, served as the Mix Engineer for 2021 season 3, and 2023 season 4. Highlighting interviews with a slate of creative and courageous thinkers who are pushing back on old systems and reimagining what “normal” should look like. Featuring conversations with Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke, and environmental activist Varshini Prakash.
Culturati: Conversations With Kierna Mayo, produced in partnership with PRX, served as Senior Producer for this sonically rich podcast that explores the connection between the culture, the community and the self, all from a Black feminist lens. Featuring conversations with culture’s leading voices, such as comedian and television host W. Kamau Bell, foodie feminist Tanya Fields, and Q-Tip from Tribe Called Quest. Culturati was a 2022 Signal Awards Bronze Winner: Most Innovative Audio Experience, 2022 Winner Black Podcasting Award: Best Black Culture Podcast 2022, and a 2022 Winner International Women’s Podcast Award.
Justice in America, 2020 WEBBY NOMINEE, discussed topics in the American criminal justice system and explained what they are and how they work. Guests included Ta-Nehisi Coates, John Legend, and Mariame Kaba. Florence served as Producer.
For the 2020 electoral season Florence served as Technical Supervisor/Editor for The Appeal’s now defunct The Briefing and The Count - in partnership with NowThis. Managing a team of editors to support 10-15 weekly live video streams of conversations between lawmakers, leading experts, and advocates on justice-related topics. Featuring interviews with Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley to name a few.
In audiobooks, Florence has produced, directed and edited titles for Simon & Schuster and Scholastic, working with the likes of Stephen King, William Shatner, and Iyanla Vanzant. In 2001, she won an AUDIE AWARD for a multi-voice audiobook production, “Pay it Forward”.
For Scholastic's Weston Woods, Florence has produced, directed, edited numerous iconographic animations, author video profiles, and behind the scenes segments featuring the likes of Julie Andrews, Jane Goodall, and Mo Willems. In 2013, she was a part of the production team that won an ALA NOTABLE RECORDING & VIDEO award for Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Williams. Florence edited Coretta Scott narrated by Phylicia Rashad, which won an a 2014 ALA NOTABLE RECORDING & VIDEO award.
In 2005 Florence joined NYU Kanbar Institute of Film & Television as an adjunct teaching Pro Tools, soon after began teaching Sound Image, the first year audio production class. Fall 2022 Florence joined the staff as an Assistant Arts Professor. She is honored to share her deep love of media and all things post production with her students.
Florence is open to new and exciting opportunities.