June 19 at 5PM


Click here to watch “To the Girl I Met in Cape Town,” an original performance by Constance Swain, on our Facebook page.

Then, at 5pm, join us for a LIVE DISCUSSION on Facebook featuring:

– actor Bria Samoné Henderson (as seen on FX’s MRS. AMERICA), 

– PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Mahaliah Little, 

– ASC company member Constance Swain;

– Moderated by ASC Literary Manager Anne G. Morgan

Bria Samoné Henderson
Bria Samoné Henderson is a talented young actress from Richmond, VA who, currently, is appearing in FX’s MRS. AMERICA on Hulu opposite Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Banks, Margo Martindale, Niecy Nash, and Sarah Paulson.  Bria previously starred in the National Black Theatre’s production of The First Deep Breath, by Lee Edward Colston II and directed by Malika Oyetimein; and was chosen to be in the NBC Spotlight Diversity Showcase. She earned her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. Bria is also a writer and her plays have also been workshopped and produced around the country. She currently resides in LA.
Mahaliah Little
Mahaliah is from the Atlanta, GA metro area. After graduating from Spelman College in 2013 as an English major, Mahaliah attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick for her MA in Women’s Studies. As a UNCF Mellon Fellow, she has committed her career to diversifying the academy. Her research is concerned with the nexus of trauma and sexuality in black women’s literature and popular culture.
Mahaliah‘s research was most recently published in the Spring 2019 issue of American Quarterly. You can also read her work in the Fall 2017 issue of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men and in the anthology Black Female Sexualities edited by Trimiko Melacon & Joanne M. Braxton.
Constance Swain

This season, Constance is playing Emilia in Othello and Olivia in Twelfth Night. Previously with ASC, Constance has spent 4 seasons and played over 20 roles including Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra; Antigone in Antigone; Perdita in The Winter’s Tale; Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors; Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility; Malcolm in Macbeth. Her work with other theatres includes: Intimate Apparel, Fuente Ovejuna, The Liar (Quintero Theatre, Houston, TX); All My Sons, King Lear (Studio 208, Houston, TX); Antony and Cleopatra, All’s Well That Ends Well (Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Williamsburg, VA); Grimm Lives of the In-Betweens (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA); Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Ovalhouse Theatre, London, England). Constance earned her MFA from the University of Houston’s Professional Actor Training Program, BA in Theatre from Spelman College, and went through Intensive Training from them British American Drama Academy. Constance is also an actor combatant through the SAFD.

Cover photo by Ana-Sophia Brande
Ad Graphic By Lauren PArker
Headshots courtesy of panel participants