Founder of First Fifteen

Meet creator & founder

Jamila Webb

Jamila Webb earned her B.A. in urban studies, followed by her M.F.A. in acting at American Conservatory Theater. She’s worked in theater, television, and film. Her most noted recurring roles were as an over-eager network executive opposite Billy Crystal and Dennis O’Hare on The Comedians on FX, and as a TV wife while donning 70s fashion on season two of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here. She had a blast playing a devout Catholic hell-bent on getting a hug on the CW’s Jane the Virgin. Webb’s other credits include Superstore, Marlon, The Office, Extant, Dean, Masters of Sex, Arrested Development, A.P. Bio, and many others. You could say she has a knack for playing “stubborn” women. She prefers to call them independent. Jamila resides in Los Angeles, where she loves to organize game nights with friends, cheer on LeBron, Serena, and the St. Louis Cardinals, and find new bike paths to explore.

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First Fifteen

I know so many talented writers, actors, and creators who should have connected in this crazy industry landscape, but hadn’t. I created a monthly reading series as an answer to the question that kept yanking on me when I should have been sleeping or prepping for auditions: How can I get everyone together, so we can work with each other? About 15 of us gathered in my friends’ East Hollywood apartment in March of 2019. We read three scripts – each by Black female writers (Crystal Garland, Charice Nicole Long, and Christina Martin). We met again in April. In May and June, we congregated in the community room of a friend’s DTLA apartment building. Since then, we’ve gathered at Geffen Playhouse Annex, Ebony Repertory Theatre, Mercado la Paloma, and now virtually. First Fifteen is a creatively daring and socially safe space where POC writers and actors can share our work.
Meet resident writing consultant

Kemiyondo Countinho

Forbes Africa 30 under 30 recipient, Kemiyondo Coutinho has been writing and acting for the African woman since age 17. She graduated with an MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater but still vehemently pursued her writing and content creation through her production company Kemistry Klass.
Kyenvu marked Kemi’s debut as a film director. Kyenvu garnered multiple international awards, including the Harness Social Impact award at NBC Universal’s Short Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Pan African Film Festival, which qualified Kyenvu for Academy Award consideration.
She is the inaugural recipient of John Singleton’s Filmmakers Fellowship. Kemi’s other awards and honors include Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Filmmaking Fellowship, Shadow & Act’s RISING Star Award, and OkayAfrica’s 100 Women of Africa to watch. She can be seen playing the title character, Beatrice, in episode five of Apple TV’s Little America. TV writing credits include MTV’s Undressed and Starz’s Step Up: High Water.
In the spirit of promoting Ugandan female filmmakers, Kemi started the initiative #fivefor5 which will grant five Ugandan female filmmakers the chance to make a short film of their own.

Forbes Africa 30 under 30 recipient