An established actor, dancer, director, writer, and designer, Chi holds a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Theatre from Columbia University.
At Barnard College, Chi directed the world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 play Bee. As guest artistic director of The Roeper Theatre Company, Chi directed RENT and The Clean House. Additional directing: The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Abrons Arts Center; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Appel Arts; My Beautiful Mirage, Columbia Gorge Theatre. Chi appeared off-Broadway in The Misanthrope (Clitandre) and Scapin (Carle), Classic Stage Company. Additional appearances: Othello (Othello), Swanstage Theatre Company; Macbeth (Ross), New York State Theatre Institute; The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (title role and NETC Moss Hart Award), Walnut Hill Theatre; Three Days Of Rain (Pip and Theo), Biscuit Box Theater. On screen, Chi has worked in commercials, television, and played a principal role in Ironweed with Meryl Streep and Jack Nickolson.
Chi's first original work — The Crystal Stair — premiered to critically acclaimed reviews. This full-length multimedia play explores his childhood and coming-of-age experiences through dance, spoken word, video, and sound.
His interior and theatrical design work has transformed spaces in Manhattan, Boston, Detroit, and San Francisco.
Currently, Chi is working on a memoir.
- Andrei Serban / Professor, Columbia University
Chi will be an exceptional asset to your community. As an artist, his approach to creative exploration is fresh, engaging, and disciplined. His depth of knowledge, research, and playful inquisitiveness will inspire his students towards excellence.
- Anna Dunwell / Clinical Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine
Chi Wright's autobiographical performance work — The Crystal Stair — is impeccable. Wright’s performance was reminiscent of the best of Bill T. Jones and Geoffrey Holder's work. All I could do was sit riveted, knowing that I was seeing the best theatre that I've ever seen in my life.
- Jon Fröhlich / Co-Artistic Director, Cloud of Fools Theater Company
Chi single-handedly researched, designed, coordinated, and implemented all facets of our theater company's website, resulting in a highly stylish, fully integrated, and user-friendly tool that thoroughly reflected who we were for any and all levels of the industry.
- Phil Deely / Interim Head, The Roeper School
Chi sees the interconnectedness of art and life and he enjoys sharing this passion with adolescents, though I have no doubt that he could serve a college-age or adult population as well. The qualities of Chi’s productions were first-rate, delivered with polish and precision that reminded me and others of being in a New York theatre — high praise in this town.
- Egyirba High / Professor, Arizona State University
Chi brought the highest standards and expectations, creative vision for each play, and excellent direction of the students that I have ever seen. Chi’s direction would enhance any school, organization, or independent theater with which he is affiliated. He is a class act.
- Jonathan Stein / Psychotherapist
I was riveted: beautiful improvised and choreographed dance pieces, spellbinding costumes, heart-wrenching musical scores, incredible sense of comic timing, and the bigness and vibrancy of his rebounding spirit.
- Emery Pence / Director, Roeper School Alumni
Director Chi Wright realized he was working with smart, intense, intuitive people and he took steps to make sure they explored their characters. The result was one of the most professional and most enjoyable plays I have seen in almost thirty years and sixty productions of watching Roeper theatre.
- Adam Sutton / Partner, Breakthrough Collaboration
I have never been more powerfully moved by a piece of theater. Wow. I was blown away from start to finish. As one could have seen from the standing ovation, it was exceptional. What a beautifully painful and delicious work. Bravo and Brava.
- Christian Thorau / Ph.D., Professor, Universität Potsdam, Germany
Mr. Wright breaks down the complexity of his biography into... a multi-layered structure of inspiring repetition and variation. The entire production is marvelous, convincing and captivating. It is clear that this man has found a victorious door to the future by a courageous journey into his past.
- Maniko Dadigan / Voice & Self Expression Coach
The Crystal Stair is a cultural statement of profound importance. Wright has given language to an entire genre of peoples across cultures, and given understanding to the people whose lives they touch. His performance bridges the worlds of race and love and sexuality with articulate sensitivity, depth, compassion and humor.
- Gabrielle Roth / Founder, The Moving Center School, 5 Rhythms
Chi is an awesome talent. He makes artistic choices with vigor, clarity, and a depth of expression.
- Vivien Marcow Speiser / PhD Professor, Lesley University
Chi is a consummate performer. As both an actor and a dancer his range is superb and his artistry excels.
- Kenna Klosterman / Lead Host, CreativeLive
Chi designed a unique, beautiful oasis. I completely resonated with the numerous plants, built-in wood furniture, and art that decorates the space in a way that is both calming and charming. I found myself continually discovering something new to look at and smile. Thank you, Chi!
- Elizabeth Swain / Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College
Chi is a communicator. He is sensitive to the individual while working towards common goals and has a wonderful imagination. He has a sense of humor, endless patience, great integrity, and can work as a member of a team. His work is backed by an intellectual rigor that will inspire his students to know more.
- Niky Wolcz / Professor, Columbia University MFA Program & Freie Universitaet Berlin
Chi approaches his teaching with flexibility, creativity, and diligent planning. He possesses a great eye for detail and is passionate about the theatre as an actor, director, and educator. He is an extraordinary person whose gifts stand out among his colleagues.