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.”


Kgshak Akec

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Kgshak is a self-proclaimed storyteller, she is inspired by her surroundings and uses her vision to execute meaningful creations. She dabbles in writing, photography, videography, interior decorating, graphic design, painting, dance and everything in between.

When she isn’t off expressing her creative energy on one project or another or utilising her talents at CHYA, Kgshak can be found reading a book in a park somewhere or at home watching a visually stunning or action-packed film. Kgshak graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication.

In the future Kgshak hopes to graduate with her Masters in Literature and Creative Writing, progress in the creative industry and travel the world, learning, meeting new people and creating.


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.

Nathan Mossop

Music Coordinator

Nathan Mossop is a graphic designer, songwriter, guitarist and music coordinator. Whilst earning his Diploma of Graphic Design, Nathan was continuing to write music and freelance on the side .

Nathan then completed his Diploma of Graphic Design at RMIT and started work at Forte Magazine in Geelong as the Creative Art Director. He now plans to get as much music back into the Courthouse as he possibly can and merging the two

jobs together to support the local music scene. He 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.