Writing CHYA provide opportunities for young writers to explore a variety of writing options, through participation in workshops and projects

CHYA provides a platform for young and emerging artists to take creative risk and to conceive relevant and contemporary programming in a creative and inclusive environment.

When Courthouse Youth Arts was first imagined more than twenty years ago, it was made with the intention of giving young people within Geelong not only a creative outlet, but also the chance to speak, to be heard, and to express themselves.

At first, when talking about CHYA, most people only know of the performance art and visual art aspects. However, hiding in the background and helping to shape and mould its fellows, is a less obvious medium. That medium is writing.

As the years went on, writing has become a much more integral part of Courthouse Youth Arts – as the need for higher-quality theatre productions developed, so did the need for new and innovative writing.

In 2015, with the creation of the Creative Collective, writing at the Courthouse Youth Arts was pushed even further than ever before, with the creation of a bi-monthly print called Fracture. Fracture collected a series of “twisted fairy tales”, in which young writers could submit their own take on the classic tales we all know and love.

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  • Jack Griffiths (Creative Collective new media programmer)
    "It was a fantastic opportunity to be involved with mediums collaborating as a team in order to create a ground breaking performance, of which we were all proud to share with the community of Geelong." Jack Griffiths (Creative Collective new media programmer)
  • Kai Mann-Robertson (Creative Collective dance programmer)
    "Working on VOICEBOX was a tremendous experience; collaborating with artists from different fields to create an amazing, original piece of performance art." Kai Mann-Robertson (Creative Collective dance programmer)
  • Jessica Costa (Creative Collective visual arts programmer)
    "It was truly a creative collaboration between the artists across all mediums and to witness and be part of such an enthusiastic team was truly inspiring. " Jessica Costa (Creative Collective visual arts programmer)
  • Tom Molyneux (Creative Collective theatre programmer)
    "VOICEBOX is the kind of rare creative platform that is capable of bringing together the best emerging talent and granting them the exposure they need to the rigours and rewards of professional artistic practice." Tom Molyneux (Creative Collective theatre programmer)