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“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

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Donna Marie Hayes is the author of These Broken Roads: Scammed and Vindicated, One Woman's Story. A New York City resident and performer, Donna can be found on a stage or in front of  a camera, and is a SAG actress and cabaret singer. She has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show (Defy Your Age), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Black Girls Rock  (BET),  Celebrity Ghost Stories (Biography Channel) as well as in several other New York City Off-Broadway and TV productions.

Most recently, she was cast in her first regular role in a TV series, Miss Education, set to debut soon. Her corporate life includes serving as a senior human resources professional in the financial services industry. She is an ICF-certified coach and owner of a coaching practice company. Hayes immigrated to the United States from Jamaica at age 14.


Author of The Family Gene, Joselin Linder said of the book "These Broken Roads is Hayes' Cinderella story beginning in the Jamaican countryside and ending in an Uptown Penthouse. It is a journey from betrayal to self-discovery. It is a coming of age that is at once human and hopeful. Hayes’ life, though complicated by duplicity is consistently buoyed by a strength and competence that is in moments, breathtaking. Pick up this book. You will not be able to put it down."


Donna Marie Hayes is published by Sibylline Press (pronounce to rhyme with Maybelline), a new women-owned press dedicated to publishing the brilliant work of women over 50.


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.  She also appeared in the moving Passing and will appear in the TV series Miss Education (release date and streaming platform to be announced soon).

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.  


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