Kemiyondo Coutinho is the Lead Host of the Discover Uganda TV Show. Ugandan actress, playwright and artistic director of NuVo Arts Organisation, Kemiyondo Coutinho has a focus on theatre for social change. She wrote her first one woman play “Jabulile!” in 2008 and went on to take the play to Grahamstown National Festival in South Africa. The play told a story of market vendors and the challenges they faced being a woman in Swaziland.
She went on to get a scholarship to Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA. Here she continued to pursue her writing and focus on female empowerment. Here she met her mentor, Stephanie Arnold and together they work shopped Jabulile! and took it to the Grahamstown National Festival for the second time. The play also went on to do performances in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles Canada and was chosen to be a part of the Gender Studies Symposium at the college.
Coutinho’s most recent one-woman show, Kawuna..youre it tells the story of three Ugandan women all affected by HIV/AIDs in some form or another. The story follows these three women as they find strength in each other. The play was chosen to be a part of a New York Global Spotlight Reading with Hybrid Works.
Additionally, she wrote a play “A Girl Like Me” about African- American woman that won the regional Kennedy Center for American Theatre in 2012. “A Girl Like ME” and “Jabulile” were recently chosen to be a part of San Francisco Playhouse’s women reading
She is currently attaining her MFA training at one of the top 5 programs in the states, The American Conservatory Theatre. Kemiyondo hopes to develop the arts within Uganda and Africa so that art can be utilized for its full potential.