Kemiyondo Coutinho


Kemiyondo Coutinho is Uganda’s 2011 young achiever recipient, she has been writing for the African woman since age 17. Her first one-woman show about Swazi women, Jabulile! went to tour internationally performing in Swaziland, South African, Uganda, Canada, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland. Her second play Kawuna…you’re it which explored HIV positive women in Uganda, was selected for a reading in New York by Hybrid Theater Works. Kawuna…you’re it was selected to be a part of the Main Program at the National Arts Festival in South Africa. It was selected to be performed in 2015 at The Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle. Her recent play, GREEN, commissioned by NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival, wa s recently performed in New York at the 2016 festival. She was the artistic director and founder for NuVo Arts Festival in Uganda, an arts festival geared at social change and is now the creator and curator for A Ka Dope, a collective of events aimed at showcasing Uganda’s talent. She is the founder of Kemistry Klass, a content company geared at producing content for film and TV content that changes the narrative of stories about The Continent. Kemiyondo Coutinho graduated with an MFA in acting from The American Conservatory Theater. She continues to write for the African Women she never found in the plays she was exposed to at a young age. Keeping in line with the nature of all her work, she hopes to vocalize silenced voices one event at a time.

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