Staff

Melissa Dyas
Executive Director

Melissa co-founded and was executive director of one of the nation’s first battered women’s shelters/rape crisis centers. As such, she was at the forefront of the creation of services for this population, including the development of the empowerment counseling model and grassroots community organizing. She has 40 years of experience in domestic violence and sexual assault and has worked in nearly every aspect of the field, including community organizing for social change, counseling, systems and legal advocacy and program development. She served as President of PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence and vice-president of PA Coalition Against Rape, as well as on the PA Attorney General’s Task Force on Domestic Violence. Melissa has developed a number of innovative, nationally-recognized programs, including a broad-based education program that utilized theatrical techniques to raise awareness among audiences of all ages and disciplines. She has presented at numerous national and state conferences. Melissa is a founding member of Equalogy.

Heather Dyas-Fried
Artistic Director

Heather is a founding member of Equalogy. She has worked with the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1990. She started as a community education presenter, while getting her BA in Theatre Arts at Bloomsburg University. For 6 years Heather performed educational role plays for middle school and high school
students, as well as professional groups, including medical staff, clergy, and police officers.  In 1994, she helped develop scripts through improvisation for the first college play. She toured for over 10 years as an actor, performing plays on dating violence and acquaintance rape.  Heather has also been Equalogy’s casting director for 18 years. When not busy with her family, she continues to work as a coordinator, director and casting director for Equalogy.

Terry Jacques
Director of Web and Communications

A co-founder of Equalogy, Terry spent 17 years marketing and managing Equalogy’s tour to New York and New England before going back to college to earn her Masters degree in Instructional Technology. Using her new-found skills, she designed and developed this website and serves as its administrator. Over the years, Terry has been involved in the audience development and public relations aspect of theatre and in the battered women’s and anti-rape movements. She was the assistant director of a battered women’s shelter/rape crisis center, where she supervised legal advocacy, medical advocacy, older battered women and job readiness components. Terry developed an array of educational materials for these, as well as for school programs, professional trainings and the general outreach and awareness needs of the organization. She also served on a variety of boards and task forces on both local and state levels. She is a trained diversity trainer and has facilitated sessions throughout the community.

Matt Alford
Marketing Director, East

Matthew has been an NYC based theater artist for the better part of a decade.  He holds a BFA from Pace University with a concentration in Theater for Social Change and Theater of the Oppressed.  He is also a proud member of Actors Equity.  He joined ranks with Equalogy five years ago as a performer, and became the New York director in 2012.  He lives with his boyfriend, Brad in a teeny tiny New York apartment.

Daren Taylor
Director of West Coast Operations

Daren Taylor is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a focus in Theater in Education.  For the last 10 years, his work has allowed him to travel to Holland, Italy, and Japan, to develop and create original, community based projects.  A member of Equalogy for 6 years, Daren has always been an advocate for theater for social change, and has seen it’s effectiveness first hand.  Known for his passion and dedication for bringing awareness to issues that affect our youth, he is excited to be sharing Equalogy with west coast.

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