Menno Meyjes was born in 1954 in Bloemendaal, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. He is a Dutch-born screenwriter, film director, and film producer.
Meyjes moved to the United States in 1972 and studied at San Francisco Art Institute. He was nominated for several awards for his screenplay to the 1985 film The Color Purple, adapted from the novel by Alice Walker.
He attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with George Kuchar, James Broughton, and Larry Jordan.