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Live Chat with Amber Henry, Abby Wathen, and Emily Alpren

July 5, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

July 5, 2023 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm PDT


Amber Henry (also known as Claire Ishi Ayetoro) is a Mississippi based Actor, Author, and Artist.

She has trained with That’s A Wrap Studio based in Mississippi and The Barrow Group based in New York. She has written screenplays for feature length film Alley Cats (not yet produced), short film Lucky, Paige (in post-production), andTrust Fall. She also directed and starred in her short films Lucky, Paige and Trust Fall.

Amber has authored two books: I Hear the Black Raven and A Leaf for Bongani. Her book I Hear the Black Raven won a Bronze Medal in an IPPY Award category for her audiobook narration, and A Leaf for Bongani won a Gold Nautilus Book Award.

As an artist, Amber’s woodwork has been featured in the Meridian Museum of Art, the Laurel-Jones County Black History Museum, and has placed in several art competitions.

Amber is founder of the media company Equal Age, a company with the goal of raising awareness about human equality in all its forms. Under Equal Age, she has been host of the interview series The Real Exchange.

When she’s not busy working, her favorite past times are daydreaming and napping respectively.

Her website is Follow her on Instagram @nicollecraft575 and @equalageco.

Emily Alpren directs, writes, and performs theater, independent films, music videos and comedy. Originally trained in theater, she went on to create and direct experimental work in New York at PS122, La Mama, Dance Theater Workshop, and Movement Research. Additionally, she has performed at the renowned Moscow Art Theater, American Repertory Theater, Sea Coast Rep, and dozens of local venues in New York and Los Angeles. She was a member of Los Angeles’ Upright Citizens Brigade, where she has collaborated and created films with her favorite comedians. Most recently she wrote and directed the short film TRYING which addresses the unspoken struggle of 186-million people who struggle with infertility. She is currently an adjunct professor at University of Southern California, where she works with young people to discover the power of their own voice. She attended Amherst College for her BA and Harvard University for her masters.

Abby Wathen is an Emmy award-winning actor for her role in Amazon’s The Bay and roles in popular television shows including Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American House Wife and Friends With Benefits and films such as Permanent, The Baxter, Wedding Dress and Random Encounters. In 2023, Abby can be seem in the upcoming feature films Bad Fish and Barbed Wire. 

In addition to her television and feature film work, Abby wrote and acted in the short film Trying based on her journey of modern fertility and its heartbreaking challenges. Currently screening in the film festival circuit, Abby is actively committed to telling stories about the vulnerability of the human experience and creating community for mothers facing  reproductive issues

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