​Jaysen Wright 


... as Jay "The Sport"Jackson in The Royale

The Washington Post
Beautifully orchestrated by Hernandez, the nonliteral staging touches work all the better because they complement richly realized performances. Wright’s ebullient and cocksure Jay, who grabs our interest and sympathy from the start, also reveals emotional depths.

Celia Wren 

DC Metro Theater Arts

Metaphor though Jay may be, Wright’s portrayal is anything but one-dimensional... It’s a non-traditional direction for a character arc, which Wright plays with commendable subtlety, as well as with physicality that makes Jackson fully credible as a professional boxer.

​Bob Ashby

MD Theatre Guide

Wright as Jay is an impressive actor.  He physically looks the role, and he is able to catch the subtle changes as Jay goes from the braggadocio brawler to the younger brother concerned about his sibling and her family.  We see the doubts the future champion has about his motives and reasons for participating in the fight.

Susan Brall


... as Tom in Actually

The Washington Post
The acting is warm and intelligent. . . and both Kates and Wright make their characters utterly cogent and difficult to dismiss. 
Nelson Pressley

DC Metro Theater Arts
Director Johanna Gruenhut’s production of Actually is absolutely compelling theater–suspenseful, easy to be swallowed up by, and helmed by two powerful performers in Kates and Wright. 
Beatrice Loayza

DC Theatre Scene

Wright’s Tom is devilishly cocky, yet never crude, nor cruel. He admirably captures the internal contradictions of Tom’s swaggering confidence, kept in constant check by his nagging fears that he doesn’t belong among the “privileged,” and that his talents will always be outweighed by the color of his skin.
Meaghan Hannan Davant

... as Vin in Sons of the Prophet

The Washington Post
Jaysen Wright delivers a splendidly apprehensive performance as the guilty young football hero, whose showdown with Willis’s old-school Uncle Bill briefly looks like the most compelling moral dilemma in the show.

Nelson Pressley 

DC Metro Theater Arts
The football player who set the fake deer in the road, Vin, arrives to express his sympathy and remorse to the family. Vin is a hunky lunk, a bit dim but his sincerity runs deep (Jaysen Wright’s tenderly tentative performance in the role is heartbreakingly poignant).

John Stoltenberg 

Jaysen Wright took a role—Vin, the teenaged football star who set up the offending deer decoy in the road—and gave it such weight and specificity that I wish he had been in more scenes.

Rebecca Speas 

Washington Life

Wright is a minor presence, but he commands sympathy as a guileless young man who realizes he cannot undo his foolish prank and accepts whatever the ramifications will be for him.

​Chuck Conconi

... as Brad Flanigan in Now Comes the Night

​​MD Theatre Review​
Now Comes the Night at 1st Stage is notable for its terrific performances. Wright’s Brad Flanigan is a convincingly frustrated and concerned friend. As he paces the stage, I can almost feel the wheels in Brad’s head turn as he works diligently to combat Michael’s lies. Myers’s Michael is an agonizingly broken man and his commitment to the physicality and emotional dramatics of the role is commendable and at times jarring. Wright and Myers have a tangible physical chemistry that electrifies the air during moments of tension.
Jennifer Minich

DC Metro Theater Arts
​Best Performances in a Play in Professional Theatres: Best Featured Actor in a Play
DCMetroTheaterArts Staff


Nominee: Best Supporting Actor in a Play

... as AJ James in Choir Boy

DC Metro Theater Arts ​​​ ​

The athletically built Anthony (Jaysen Wright), is straight but accepting of Pharus, and uncommonly so. The relationship between Pharus and Anthony as it unfolds in their several scenes together was for me the most affecting and arresting of McCraney’s various narratives. At one point Anthony in a roughhousing mood straddles Pharus, kneels astride him as Pharus lies semi-helplessly on his back, and playfully tickles him mock-mercilessly. Pharus, whose sexual attraction to Anthony has been evident, suddenly and involuntarily ejaculates—and the aftermath of shame Pharus feels coupled with the embrace of Anthony’s unfazed friendship is among the show’s most powerful and moving moments.

John Stoltenberg 

The Washington Post

When his roommate, AJ [Jaysen Wright], offers to act as barber, Pharus gratefully agrees. The subsequent grooming sequence is subdued yet achingly poignant, speaking of trust, unexpressed affection and incompatibilities overcome. The haircut scene is one of the most moving in Studio Theatre’s sturdy and often powerful production of “Choir Boy,” directed by Kent Gash….Some of the play’s most eloquent moments are intimate ones: the glimpses of the friendship between the tale’s central character, Pharus (Jelani Alladin), and the more athletic and well-adjusted AJ.

Celia Wren

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In a shower scene, Pharus admires AJ’s impressive body. Comfortably straight AJ (the excellent Jaysen Wright) makes it clear that he’s into women. When Pharus replies that he’s saving himself for Jesus, AJ responds, “I don’t think Jesus interested.” It’s a quiet scene filled with caring and humor.

Patrick Folliard, The Washington Blade

[The scene] gives us one emotional climax, and another one at the end of the play between Pharus and his roommate, Anthony (a naturally gifted and believable Jaysen Wright).

Jennifer Perry, Broadway World Reviews

When Pharus compliments AJ’s burly frame at length, AJ gently reminds Pharus that he’s straight—but AJ also fearlessly engages in flirtatious tickle-fights with the much smaller Pharus, making him possibly the most self-actualized straight 17-year-old who ever lived. Wright’s unaffected performance as the loyal and honorable AJ is almost enough to make you believe it.

Chris Klimek, Washington City Paper

​​[Pharus and AJ’s (Jaysen Wright)] relationship manages to be platonic yet loving; it’s touchingly close and consistently more nuanced than the other interactions taking place around them. AJ is more understanding than any high school kid has any right to be, but Wright approaches his role with an assurance and easy charm that lends credence to the lines he’s given.

Landon Randolph,DCist

... as Darren Lemming in Take Me Out

The Washington Post ​​

As portrayed by actor Jaysen Wright... the gay baseball star named Darren Lemming is economical with movement when off the diamond. Whether he’s holding a news conference or parrying tension-fraught raillery in the clubhouse or gazing at an adversary with a mixture of tamped-down sadness and anger, Wright’s Darren anchors his surroundings with dramatic poise. This hotshot center fielder doesn’t need to fidget. He has earned his cool, seductive arrogance. Wright convincingly maintains this less-is-more physicality, and air of attentive listening, even as the story line pitches the character into a sea of conflict and betrayal.

Celia Wren

Theatrebloom ​​
Baseball is a game of three. Kippy (Sun King Davis) Darren (Jaysen Wright) and Mason (Adam Downs.) The triple crown of performance, character, and experience; all developed to flawless perfection in these three actors. It is impossible to eloquate with precision how truly exceptional these three performances are given their dynamic nature and the myriad of emotions that go along with their portrayals... As for Jaysen Wright as the main baseball superstar, he commands respect from center stage with little effort. The most impressive thing about Wright’s performance is the unshakeable front he puts forth; tough guy attitude with skin thicker than a god’s. When shocking events crack a fissure in his exterior and the raw intensity of his repressed emotions begin to seep through the experience is astonishing. There is a congeniality to Wright’s portrayal despite the character’s guarded nature; a humanity that is reachable and relatable to all watching. It is in his moments with Mason that he is most vulnerable and exposed; a remarkable progression from their initial encounter to the end of the show.
Amanda N. Gunther

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Wright is impeccable as the low key and blaringly narcissistic Darren, who sardonically contends with the whole gamut of reactions from his jock peers, from awkward references to the Ancient Greeks to all-out homophobia.
Michael Poandl, DC Metro Theatre Arts

As Lemming, Jaysen Wright does a fine job of making the protagonist remote and unknowable—yet compelling—until his resolve finally begins to crack when circumstances push him to the edge.
Missy Frederick, Washingtonian

Wright is completely believable as the culture hero who refuses to admit to any weakness even after negative reactions to his coming out pile up, and then finds his own vulnerability without ever once seeming diminished. 
Brett Steven Abelman, DC Theatre Scene 

Jaysen Wright as Lemming shows us a multi-dimensional character that could very easily fall flat, but Wright fights with the audience in the best of ways, challenging us to like him.
Jamie McGonnigal, Broadway World Reviews

Wright nails Lemming’s arrogance, detachment and quiet turmoil. 

Patrick Follard, The Washington Blade