Meet HJ

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Ms. Wright is the creative force behind Works In Progress Productions, LLC. Ms. Wright currently can be seen on the TV/Web series, THE DIVA MOM SHOW (please visit website at www.thedivamomshow.com). This follows a successful run on the mega hit series, “Misadventures of the Awkward Black Girl” (ABG), where she portrayed the very upscale mom of “J” (Issa Rae). Well respected in the industry for her ability to recognize burgeoning trends in the industry, Ms. Wright’s instincts and insights are highly sought after. Ms. Wright brings an extensive background in all areas of theatre, including performance, grantwriting, playwriting, directing and producing. As an actress, Ms. Wright began her career co-starring with industry greats Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis in the Emmy Award winning Zora! Is My Name, who discovered her while she was still a student at Spelman College.

She made her Broadway debut in the musical version of Amen Corner where she worked closely with renowned author, James Baldwin, in the creation of the character Sister Boxer. Her vitae includes:

  • National tours with Carol Channing in the Broadway hit Jerry’s Girls,
  • National and international acclaim for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the one woman show, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill;
  • Creator of the role of Katisha in the Hot Mikado for which she received the prestigious Helen Hayes Award nomination as best actress in a musical;
  • And, numerous regional and off-Broadway productions, including several under the Founding Artistic Director of the Public Theatre, Joseph Papp.

An award winning writer, Ms. Wright was the recipient of The Detroit News Writing Award in short stories. She is currently adapting Amen Corner! The Musical, which is set for an Atlanta world premiere in 2014. Her other HJ/WIPP initiatives include:

  • Screenplays: She Came from the East, Always Stranger than Fiction, A Break in Being;
  • Stage play: All the Parts I Ever Wanted to Play but Couldn’t Cause I Wuz Black…And Other Ramblings Of A (not so) Angry Black Woman;
  • And, E’lan and Damone: A True Love Story of the Broadway Stage or…Dueling Divas.

As the former Artistic Director for the Oakland (CA) Ensemble Theatre, Ms. Wright, in conjunction with Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Woodie King, Jr., produced Ruby Dee’s one woman hit, My One Good Nerve. She also created an internationally acclaimed youth theatre comprised of former students who are now flourishing on Broadway, in TV and Film, and in various theatre programs nation-wide.

Ms. Wright studied at Howard University’s School of Communications before graduating with honors from Spelman College. She continued her graduate studies in directing at the University of Houston and at the University of Southern California, where she studied under the renowned John Houseman and John Blankenship. Ms. Wright credits Mr. James W. Butcher (Central School of Speech and Drama/Univ. of London) for the excellent foundation she received in the classics and legitimate theatre. Ms. Wright has taught Masters Classes across the country and abroad — most recently at the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Ms. Wright holds numerous directing credits, awards and honors, among them, two command performances at the White House.

Ms. Wright divides her time between New York and Atlanta.