Beth Strange will assume the position of Executive Director of Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) at the Turnage Theatre, effective immediately. Beth is a longtime community development advocate and business owner. She succeeds Virginia Finnerty, one of AOP’s longtime board members, former board chair, and fund raiser extraordinaire.

Beth has spent 25 years assisting high-profile and emerging corporations, academic institutions, groups, and individuals in defining and refining their businesses and presence by applying proven principles in strategic management, reputation, brand, public relations, and image management. In addition, she is an internationally Certified Image Professional and Brand Analyst with extensive certifications, education, and experience in Presence Management industries. “When our Board met Beth, it was immediately clear that her exceptional skillset was the right fit for AOP. Beth’s initial assignment will be to engage with the board and the community in building a progressive Strategic Plan,” states Gail Baird, AOP Chair of the Board of Directors.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Penn State University with a degree in Linguistics, as well as Harvard Neuroscience Certification, Beth spent her early career as an educator, administrator, and business owner in strategy, branding, and reputation management industries. Her guiding principle is to always to “do the right thing.”

Beth and her husband, Michael are native Pennsylvanians, and they and their seven children have also lived in Hawaii, Georgia, and Maryland. As North Carolina residents for the past ten years, and Washington residents for the last two of those years, they’ve found their forever home.

The Arts of the Pamlico is a state-designated arts council providing cultural opportunities to our friends, neighbors, and visitors to Beaufort County. Housed at the Historic Turnage Theater, the AOP is a vibrant hub for educational, cultural, and fun entertainment for the community. The upcoming launch of the AOP strategic planning process this summer will better define our key initiatives to best serve and enrich our diverse community. We will be reaching out for your feedback and support.

The Arts of the Pamlico was founded in 1972 as Beaufort County Arts Council. It is the state-designated arts council for Beaufort County.  AOP purchased the Turnage out of foreclosure and has steadily grown arts programming and maintained and restored additional sections of the theatre located at 150 West Main Street, Washington, North Carolina. To learn more visit about the arts council and theatre please visit