Beth Duda, Director
In May 2015, Beth Duda became one of the driving forces of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is an initiative for Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties that is designed to explore new ways to deliver the support and resources children need to achieve reading proficiency early in life and build a strong foundation for future success. An award-winning playwright and educator, Beth’s twenty years of experiences working with students in elementary schools as part of the Education Department of Florida Studio Theatre fuel her commitment to improving reading proficiency in our region and beyond.
As the regional lead for the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Beth works closely with local lead partners — United Way of Charlotte County, the Community Foundation of Charlotte County, United Way Suncoast, and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County — to drive positive change in the region. To embed lasting change, the future-focused partners strive to collaborate with every sector: Business, Government, Nonprofits, Media, and Individuals.
Beth first worked with The Patterson Foundation when she directed the community dedication of Patriot Plaza, a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery. Following the dedication, she conceived and directed “Celebrate Service & Sacrifice” at Patriot Plaza for an audience comprised of guests from 25 states and the District of Columbia.
Beth has written, co-written, and conceived several one-act plays performed for thousands of school-aged children. Her full-length play, “Up To Home,” was a semifinal selection at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. In Beth’s twenty-plus years of arts education, her sensitive and visionary approach to educating and learning has inspired students, parents, and teachers.
Beth was raised in Central New York and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY-Oswego.
Join Beth on Twitter: @duda_beth or @suncoastcglr