What is Mouthful?

Mouthful is a youth-centered podcast from Philadelphia Young Playwrights, an arts education non-profit dedicated to cultivating the voices of young people. Each week, we dig into the themes and ideas at play in a dramatic monologue written by a young person. We listen to the monologue performed by a professional actor, talk to the young person about why they wrote it, and then journey out into the community to broaden the conversation. Mouthful places young people at the center of important conversations, adding their voices and perspectives to the discussions that surround our daily lives at home, in the workplace, in the news, and in the community.

the team

Lisa Nelson-Haynes (Executive Producer) is the Executive Director at Philadelphia Young Playwrights where she helps young people discover their potential through the art of playwriting. She is an award-winning storyteller and teacher, Lisa has facilitated digital storytelling workshops for Storycenter, which uses the art of first-person narrative as a tool for education, advocacy and community-building, for  more than seven years. She’s also a Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant recipient for the Redline Project.Nelson-Haynes is a graduate of Hampton University and a candidate for a M.F.A. in film-making at Temple University.

Lisa Nelson-Haynes

Executive Producer

Lisa is the Executive Director at Philadelphia Young Playwrights where she helps young people discover their potential through the art of playwriting.

She is an award-winning storyteller and teacher, Lisa has facilitated digital storytelling workshops for Storycenter, which uses the art of first-person narrative as a tool for education, advocacy and community-building, for more than seven years. She’s also a Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant recipient for the Redline Project.Nelson-Haynes is a graduate of Hampton University and a candidate for a M.F.A. in film-making at Temple University.

  Trenae Nuri (Producer/Host, Season Two) is the creator of Sunday Conversations--a podcast that features the lives of black and brown women in Philadelphia. Sunday Conversations was featured at the 5th Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Trenae is also a producer at WHYY's Radio Times. Earlier this year, she received the 2017 Rad Girl Award for Storyteller of the Year.

Trenae Nuri

Producer & Host

Trenae is the creator of Sunday Conversations—a podcast that features the lives of black and brown women in Philadelphia. 

Sunday Conversations was featured at the 5th Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Trenae is also a producer at WHYY's Radio Times.

Earlier this year, she received the 2017 Rad Girl Award for Storyteller of the Year.

Mitchell Bloom (Producer) is the Connectivity Manager at Philadelphia Young Playwrights. An actor, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator, he holds an M.A. Theatre from Villanova University and a B.A. English from Temple University. As an actor, he has worked regionally with Simpatico Theatre, Iron Age Theatre, Revolution Shakespeare, Theatre Horizon, Arden Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, and Mauckingbird. He is a company member of Revolution Shakespeare, a founding member of Writers on the Rocks, an emerging playwrights group, and the recipient of the Brian G. Morgan Memorial Theatre Award.

Mitchell Bloom

Producer

Mitchell is the Connectivity Manager at Philadelphia Young Playwrights. An actor, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator, he holds an M.A. Theatre from Villanova University and a B.A. English from Temple University.

As an actor, he has worked regionally with Simpatico Theatre, Iron Age Theatre, Revolution Shakespeare, Theatre Horizon, Arden Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, and Mauckingbird. He is a company member of Revolution Shakespeare, a founding member of Writers on the Rocks, an emerging playwrights group, and the recipient of the Brian G. Morgan Memorial Theatre Award.

Maya Pen (Producer) is a young storytelling artist living in Philadelphia. Recently graduated from the Creative and Performing Arts High School, Maya has spent the last few years creating stories, and exploring various mediums through which to tell them. Her work includes playwriting and poetry, cinematography, installation work, puppetry, songwriting, illustration and graphic design. She has worked with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, used her experience as the former artistic director of a student run theater ensemble, and studied under a long list of mentors to improve her skills in story creation. She is currently spending immersive time with several community organizations and working to self-produce inclusive theater art in hopes of healing the world and its division. She seeks to marry her dedication to activism with her motivation as a collaborative artist to help reshape the future!

Maya Pen 

Producer

Maya is a young storytelling artist living in Philadelphia. Recently graduated from the Creative and Performing Arts High School, Maya has spent the last few years creating stories, and exploring various mediums through which to tell them.

Her work includes playwriting and poetry, cinematography, installation work, puppetry, songwriting, illustration and graphic design. She is currently spending immersive time with several community organizations and working to self-produce inclusive theater art in hopes of healing the world and its division. She seeks to marry her dedication to activism with her motivation as a collaborative artist to help reshape the future!


philadelphia Young playwrights

 
 

Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) began its first full year of operations in 1987 and quickly established a reputation for its innovative classroom practices, focusing on playwriting as a literacy-learning tool and as an opportunity to engage students in new, creative ways. The mission of PYP is to tap the potential of youth and inspire learning through playwriting. In 2017-18, the organization celebrates its 30th full year of service to this mission.

The organization’s commitment to new plays began the next year in 1988 through readings, workshops, and full-fledged professional productions of student-written plays and monologues that have launched and shaped the careers of dozens of playwrights, writers, business people, and professionals of all stripes including, notably: Quiara Alegria Hudes, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; Adam F. Goldberg, creator of ABC's The Goldbergs; Roger J. Hobbs, the late New York Times bestselling-author; Genne Murphy, recipient of the 2016 Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers prize; and Emily Acker, Orbiter 3 founding playwright and recent Eugene O'Neill New Play Conference Finalist.

Approximately 2,100 students participate in PYP's core classroom program each year through placements in public, private, and parochial schools throughout the five-county Greater Philadelphia region. The organization places a special emphasis on the School District of Philadelphia, with whom they have partnered in each year since the organization's founding.


music

ILL DOOTS is a group of individuals with different perspectives, from different places who want nothing more than to come together freely, have fun, and make good music with no rules. In 2009, ILL DOOTS began molding its jam session origins into a small dorm room studio project which has since further evolved into a raging live beast of a band featuring: two emcees, two guitarists, a bassist, drummer, percussionist, keyboardist and occasional appearances from a horn section, other emcees, and singers. Their music mixes elements of jazz, infused with hip hop and funk to give life to a soulful sound. 


season one

 
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Yvonne Latty (Producer, Host—Season One) is the Director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute. She is an award-winning journalist and documentarian. Her documentaries Sacred Poison and Home have been screened internationally. She is the author of We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq (Harper Collins/Amistad 2004) and In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive (Polipoint Press 2006). In Conflict was developed into a successful Off-Broadway play. She was an award-winning urban reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News for 13 years. For her work on Season One of Mouthful, Yvonne was named "Best Podcaster" by Philadelphia Magazine in their 2017 "Best of Philly" issue.

Yvonne Latty (Producer, Host—Season One) is the Director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute. She is an award-winning journalist and documentarian.

Her documentaries Sacred Poison and Home have been screened internationally. She is the author of We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq (Harper Collins/Amistad 2004) and In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive (Polipoint Press 2006). In Conflict was developed into a successful Off-Broadway play. She was an award-winning urban reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News for 13 years.

For her work on Season One of Mouthful, Yvonne was named "Best Podcaster" by Philadelphia Magazine in their 2017 "Best of Philly" issue.