Niya Wright has had a lifelong passion for performing. At four years old, she sang a Mary J. Blige song for a talent competition, and fell in love while also learning, she would add, that she cannot really sing. Wright came to Darien High School through the A Better Chance program, and graduated in 2012, all the while feeding that passion for performing, and now Wright is looking to take a major step forward in the world of acting.
Wright fondly remembers her time at Darien, calling it her second home ever since she arrived. With a passion not just for acting, Wright remembers that her love of dance drove her to create something that Darien could keep forever. Wright created Dancing with the Teachers. The event was able to raise money for the school and for the community,” said Wright, adding, “it was so much fun to get students and teachers working together.” Wright also appeared in a number of productions with Theater 308 at DHS, and by the time college rolled around, she knew where she wanted to be. Wright was also named the Young Woman of Distinction that year, the DAR Good Citizenship Award Recipient and the recipient of the highest honor from A Better Chance national, and says, “I have always been dedicated to using my voice and life to help other people and make the world a better place.”