Melvina Hayes is a contemporary writer and performance artist with an MFA in writing. Her career as an artist began with an appearance on the then-popular child show Romper Room and with performances in various community theaters. During her school years, Hayes acted in many performances and was the lead role in Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik’s role was changed to accommodate Mamma Mushie), a Raisin in the Sun and Phantom of the Opera.
Subsequently she became involved in community theater, being cast in roles with The Bay Area Repertoire Theater, African American Shakespeare Company. She moved to Southern California to enhance her craft and began writing more than the journaling and spoken word pieces she had been so prone to. She signed with a talent agent, began to appear in independent films, industrial videos and to do background work to earn entry into the Screen Actors Guild as well as served as Production Assistant for Yetta Young Productions. After a few years in Southern California, she returned home to the Bay Area and began to write more and assume leadership roles in theater. She was the stage manager in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf directed by Gerald Wright and directed performances for Oakland Unified Schools District Middle Schools. Periodically, Hayes was requested to return to Southern California to shoot films with Tree Fort Productions and co-host Le Bouffant Hair TV episodes.