Ted Hayes

Ted Hayes, also known as “Theodore Hayes Jr,” applied for a copyright on a song in 1977 with Melvin Van Peebles; he created (with Mark Parkan) “additional music and lyrics” for Waltz of the Stork Boogie.

He is much better known now as a long-time Los Angeles-area activist who works on issues such as civil rights, homelessness and immigration. He has also run for public office on several occasions.

In the 1980s, he was instrumental in the founding of the Justiceville shantytown in Los Angeles. In the 1990s, he helped create the innovative Dome Village — a community of geodesic structures that was built with corporate support to help cheaply and safely house the homeless in Los Angeles.

Hayes is the son of a “Buffalo Soldier” who fought in one of the U.S. Army’s formerly segregated regiments. He is a father of four, including 2004 Team USA Olympian Joanna D. Hayes — the winner of the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles.

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightWaltz of the Stork Boogie 1984-85 Season
Musical Director Waltz of the Stork Boogie 1984-85 Season