I have an extensive history in by-youth arts and have longed championed the need for by-youth theatre in Tasmania. In 2015 I took matters into my own hands and established Transistor Youth Arts – a by-youth theatre and film company.
Transistor Youth Arts provides a powerful platform for the perspective of young Tasmanians in our cultural landscape, responding to high state-wide demand for by-youth film making opportunities. The initiative empowers youth from marginalised communities and low socio-economic backgrounds by allowing them to learn and control all aspects of the filmmaking process and provides access to practical and creative skills mentorship by artists, as well as professional film making equipment.
Between 2015-2019 Transistor Youth Arts worked with over 600 young people, created 65 short films, 3 web-series and commissioned and produced 5 short plays. It is a highly successful program loved by many and recognized by Industry, Local, State and Federal Funding agencies as having a best practice approach as well as making a valuable contribution to our community.
* Transistor created a filmmaking program in partnership with Clarence Council and Rokeby High School. The result was a fictional web-series about the impact of domestic violence, bullying and unexpected pregnancy on young Tasmanians. It was screened at the University of Melbourne as part of the not THAT place: art vs.stigma Exhibition.
* Expanding programs to operate in seven different Local Government areas across the State.
* Introduce youth filmmaking programs and films made by young people to Tasmania’s premiere Film Festival (Breath of Fresh Air).
* Transistor has worked with the CALD community, young people with mental health issues, communities effected by natural disaster, disengaged young people, young people faced with territorial stigma and rural and isolated youth.
* 2018 was the first year that Transistor Youth Arts submitted films into the MyState Student Film Festival. The result was that we received 14 Award nominations and won 6 Awards.
Visit Transistor Youth Arts for more information and films. http://www.transistoryoutharts.com