INTRODUCTION: What is Mouthful?

Mouthful is a new podcast from award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. 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.

Yvonne Latty (Producer, Host) 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.

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.

ILL DOOTS (Music) 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.

about philadelphia Young playwrights


Philadelphia Young Playwrights 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 Philadelphia Young Playwrights is to tap the potential of youth and inspire learning through playwriting. In 2017-18, the organization will enter its 30th full year of service to this mission.

The organization’s commitment to new work 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 Young Playwrights core classroom program each year through placements in public, private, and parochial schools throughout the five-county Greater Philadelphia region. We place a special emphasis on the School District of Philadelphia, with whom we have partnered in each year since the organization's founding.