Daniela Roeder is a special needs advocate and professional who is passionate about using all forms of art to raise awareness. After an exciting career spanning different fields including sales, media, marketing, advertising, and other community non-profits, Daniela joined the Exceptional Theater Company (ETC) as a Board Member in 2016 after being introduced to the organization through her participation in the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leadership Hollywood Program. Soon after joining the Board, Daniela resigned from her media position to pursue her passion and became the Exceptional Theater Company’s Operations Manager, and was recently promoted to serve as its Executive Director.
Exceptional Theater Company is a non-profit organization whose mission is to energize and motivate children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities to achieve creative expression utilizing the power of theater. As the Executive Director, Daniela hopes to bring the best out of each actor and provide families, staff and volunteers with a high-quality and inclusive theater experience.
Daniela’s advocacy for the special needs community began when her brother Alex was born with Down syndrome when Daniela was ten years old. As an enthusiastic student of theater, she adapted, produced and directed her high school’s first play featuring students with special needs in all of the lead roles. This led her to win a Miami Herald Silver Knight Award for Drama, and her project left a legacy at South Broward High School for ten years.
Daniela is also the founder of the ‘i EXTRA love you’ portrait project, a series of portraits showcasing individuals with Down syndrome and their beautiful uniqueness, and commemorating their “extra” chromosome. Exhibitions are planned during March of each year to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, and the project has been shown in various locations around Broward County for five years running. This project was created in partnership with Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, in which Daniela and her family have been actively involved for 20 years.
In her free time, Daniela enjoys volunteering for other non-profits such as Goodman Jewish Family Services and Feeding South Florida, traveling, or relaxing at home in Fort Lauderdale with a good book or Friends reruns in the company of her husband Doug and their dog Maya.