Born in 1965 in Puerto Rico, Wright attended St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota and went on to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He lives in Los Angeles and New York City.
Wright is best known for his plays: Mistakes Were Made, The Pavilion, Recent Tragic Events, Orange Flower Water, Melissa Arctic, Main Street, Molly's Delicious and numerous others. Grace premiered in fall 2005 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.. Blind premiered in February 2010 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York. The Gray Sisters premiered in April 2010 at Third Rail Rep in Portland, Oregon.
Wright has received awards and award nominations for his work, including the Jerome Fellowship at age 21 and apprenticeships in playwriting from the McKnight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wright was the recipient of the 2009 Horton Foote Excellence in American Playwriting Award. He is a member of the ensemble of the Chicago-based A Red Orchid Theatre.
His play The Pavilion, was nominated for a the American Theatre Critics' Association Best New Play Award and a 2005—2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and has had over 40 productions since its premiere in 2000; in the 2008 summer season it was produced at the Westport Country Playhouse.. It will also be produced for Boise Contemporary Theater's 2009—2010 Season. It is one of four Wright plays set in Pine City, Minnesota. Pine City is also the setting for Molly's Delicious and Orange Flower Water. His Recent Tragic Events won an ATCA Best New Play Citation Award in 2002.
His play The Unseen was performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York in March 2009. He also received the Horton Foote American Playwrights Award from Baylor University in Waco, TX.
His television writing debut was on the 2001 HBO series, Six Feet Under, joining the writing staff during the 2003 season. During that season, he wrote "Twilight," for which he was nominated for an Emmy and "Timing and Space"; he penned 3 more episodes of Six Feet Under and co-wrote one with co-executive producer, Jill Soloway. In 2004, he was appointed Executive Story Editor with Nancy Oliver. In 2005, he became a producer for the fifth and final season.
In 2005, he signed a 2 year deal with Touchstone Television. He served as a supervising producer and writer for the second season of ABCs Lost in Fall 2005. He left the series midseason after co-writing two episodes. Wright and the Lost writing staff won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2006 ceremony for their work on the first and second seasons.
Wright became a co-executive producer and writer on ABC's Brothers & Sisters in 2006.
During the 2007 season, Wright worked as the creator, head writer, and executive producer of ABC's Dirty Sexy Money, which stars Six Feet Under alumnus Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, Samaire Armstrong and William Baldwin. The pilot was produced by Greg Berlanti and directed by Peter Horton. The series premiered in the fall of 2007.
Six Feet Under episodes
Timing and Space, (2003)
Falling into Place, (2004)
The Black Forest, with Jill Soloway, (2004)
Time Flies, (2005)
Orientation (2005) with Javier Grillo-Marxuach
What Kate Did (2005) with Steven Maeda
Brothers & Sisters episodes
"Affairs of State", with Jon Robin Baitz (2006)
"Family Portrait", with Jon Robin Baitz & Emily Whitesell (2006)
"Mistakes Were Made, Part One", with Jon Robin Baitz (2006)
A musician, Wright was co-leader of an alternative rock band The Tropicals', whose first album, Live At The Jungle, was released in 1996 . As a member of the band Kangaroo he has released three albums, Phantom, Skyscraper Spaceship and Songs (French).