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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 Hayes 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.

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.  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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