Mia Ellis, Creative Associate

Mia Ellis is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program and studied music/vocal performance at Tougaloo College. TV/Film credits include The Good Fight, Elementary, and Person of Interest.. Theater credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company (The Amen Corner); Seattle Rep (A Raisin in the Sun); Santa Cruz Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet.) In addition to being an actor, Mia is also a teaching artist and writer. Website: miaellis.com

Brie Eley, Founder

Brie Eley is a classically-trained actress from Sugar Land, Texas. She earned her theater degree while working in marketing at Second Stage. Upon relocation to Los Angeles, she produced branded content for AOL/Huffington Post. As a content creator, her films have advanced to the finals of NBC Short Cuts Fest and received distribution through Viacom/BET. She formed the Here and Ready Facebook group out of a desire to encourage dialogue amongst acting disciplines and celebrate peer to peer mentorship. The website was her way to raise up her community while rising within it.

Here and Ready works to increase the visibility of Black Actresses across the diaspora in a concentrated three-pronged effort. The first is this dynamic talent database (now, with over 350 actresses!) Second, a series of events, held virtually and soon in person, to foster lateral mentorship. And the third, a private community network that provides a safe-space for Black actresses to gather, share resources and more. 

The Here and Ready Talent Database offers a quick solution to the age old dilemma: I know I need them, but how do I find them? The actresses listed here represent decades of experience, ranging from Broadway to community theater, from series regular to background performer, voice-over, stunts and more. Our actresses can be found in markets across the United States and even Canada,..because you may need Black actresses there too!

The calls for change happening on our streets have highlighted how important it is for the entertainment industry to expand complexity and representation for people of color onscreen.

We are Here and Ready to answer that call. 


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One of the best things about the Here and Ready talent database is that we're amplifying talent nationwide. We also represent multiple disciplines, so if you have a resource to share or feel that there is a cross-promotional opportunity, more than likely there is!

Please email us to begin the conversation.

The Look Beyond List - amplifying voices from underrepresented communities in the United States and UK

Please consider joining the Here and Ready PATREON, a recurring show of support.

Any and all donations go directly toward planning events, site maintenance and our outreach efforts to increase visibility for Black actresses in entertainment.

Monique Wise, Creative Associate

Monique Wise is an actor born and raised in Washington, DC. She has studied at the Theatre Lab in DC and trained in New York City before making the leap to television and film in Los Angeles. She can be seen on shows such as Mixed-ish and Station 19.