I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which came to me as a seed goes to the next as a blossom and that which came to me as a blossom, goes on as fruit.
— Dawna Markova, Ph.D - Writer, Speaker

Donna Hayes was born on the stunning island of Jamaica, West Indies. Even at an early age, Donna knew that, for her, performing was more of an intense visceral need rather than just a fleeting hobby. She remembers singing to flowers, to animals, to strangers, to anyone who would listen... 

She moved to the U.S. at the age of 14 and seized every opportunity she could find to perform, such as in church and high school choirs as well as in drama clubs.  At the age of nineteen, she performed her first role as a fiercely rebellious teenager in a play called “The Son of Man”. She recalls sobbing at the end of the play on opening night as she plunged even deeper in love with the intensity, beauty and truthfulness that only the stage and music could summon. She was hooked. She went on to study Theatre at Hunter College, in NYC, where she performed in numerous productions and ultimately received her undergraduate degree.

Miss Hayes currently lives two very distinct lives. By day she works as a Managing Director for an international investment bank. However, when she is not wearing her HR hat, you can find her “acting up” in front of a camera or pouring her emotions into song on a stage.

She has appeared on several television shows including, “Orange Is The New Black”, “Celebrity Ghost Stories”, Investigation Discovery Episodes (My Dirty Little Secret, Scorned: Love Kills and Deadly Sins), The Katie Couric Show and The Dr. Oz Show. She also appeared in commercials for Disney world, Prolia, WABC (Channel 7) Eyewitness News, Western Union and Ridgewood Savings Bank.


Other recent credits: Bellevue Sketches” (Off-Broadway).

She has written and performed five one-woman shows in which she performed over one dozen songs in each show. "Torched” (2010 – The Laurie Beechman Theatre), "Stop This Train - The Ride of My Life” (2011 – The Laurie Beechman Theatre & Don’t Tell Mama), “Human Resources: The Musical” (2012 – The Laurie Beechman Theatre & Don’t Tell Mama), “The People We Meet Along The Way” (2013 – Metropolitan Room), and “Ordinary Miracles” (Debuted in November 2014 and currently being performed at Metropolitan Room through September 2015).  She has also been a featured soloist in various cabaret shows in New York City.

Donna trained at the William Esper Studio and Wickham Vocal Studios in New York City.  She currently takes voice lessons at New York Vocal Coaching and acting classes at The Thomas G. Waites Acting Studio.

Miss Hayes is represented by Break A Leg Talent Management, MSA Models, Ramona's Model & Talent,  and Avanti Talent Management.