Our People

Meet the people who make art happen at COURTHOUSE YOUTH ARTS.

Alexandra McTavish


Alex brings more than fifteen years experience in the arts to her role at Courthouse Youth Arts.

She is a cultural entrepreneur, actor, writer, producer and director who in 2013 became one of YWCA’s Queensland Leading Women as co-founder of Anywhere Theatre Festival.

Alex uses her varied talents to motivate emerging artists to realise their creative aspirations. Alex has a Bachelor of Journalism, Masters in Writing and she studied acting at Rose Bruford College in London. She is also founder of Pivot City, a film company dedicated to creating “stories that matter.”


Julie Barnes


Julie has been Courthouse Youth Arts for over a decade. Julie welcomes your ideas and feedback.


Laura McIlrath


Laura is a dedicated and valued member of the Courthouse and Youth Arts team. Laura administers all of our high school programs, venue bookings, is first-point-of-contact at the box office and everything in-between! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with all your general and venue inquiries.


Amber Smith


Amber Smith studied a Bachelor of Design Arts (Visual Arts Major) at the Academy of Design Australia graduating as DUX.

She also has First Class Honours in the Creative Arts at Deakin University where she is currently undertaking her Doctorate.

Amber Smith is a practising artist and has shown both locally and internationally. Amber is the current Curator at the Courthouse Youth Arts gallery in Geelong. She is also a tutor at LCI in Melbourne and is fascinated with the examination of contemporary curatorial practices. She is currently living in Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula.



Travis “The Godfather”Don


Travis Don is an eager tech and gear-head who is a friendly and approachable young mentor for anyone who wants to be involved behind the (very important scenes) of sound and lighting.

He completed his certificate of Advance Diploma in Sound Production in 2016. He has worked in venues such as the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, and is the current Production Technician at Courthouse Youth Arts.

A drummer from a young age, he has played in numerous bands around the region. He is currently involved as head beat maker in two bands in Geelong and Ballarat and is has been enjoying collecting an array of gear for his studio.

Izzy Losi

Music Coordinator

Isabella ‘Izzy’ Losi is a singer, songwriter, pianist and front woman. She has supported artists such as Courtney Barnett, Mia Dyson and Husky. Whilst earning her BA in Media Communications and Italian, Izzy was part of the Arts Advisory Panel at CHYA curating events across different art forms.

Izzy then completed her Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne; she has experience working with an array of young people in schools across Victoria. Izzy is the current Music Co-ordinator and has programmed stages for the Royal Geelong Show, Festival of Sails and Geelong After Dark. She is passionate about creating new music opportunities for youth at CHYA.



James Ironside

2017-18 Theatre Intern


Joshua Maxwell de Hoog

2018 Visual Arts Intern

No one really knows how old he is. Joshua is the type of guy who still plays with wrestling figurines and watches cartoons, but people guess his age as ten years off. He likes to collect things, often he is busy and doesn’t know what he is doing. Joshua is still trying to figure out what he is interested in.

He has lots of ideas, and likes talking about them with people who inspire him to make them exist. Interning at courthouse is one of many things he is excited about.

Joshua believes: poetry is really nice to be read aloud and hard to read alone.