Inspiring Theatre in Education videos on social-action issues
Changing Mental Health Education
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A word from Creative Director, Lisa Apostolides
Established in 2010, Byron Youth Theatre has produced fourteen youth-governed, educational productions.
Byron Youth Theatre has produced work on the following issues
- Binge drinking
- Drink driving
- Compassionate connections between generations
- Mental health
- Adolescent sexual health
- Illicit drug use
- LGBTIAQ+ youth
- Domestic and family violence
- Bullying connected to youth suicide
- Racism and prejudice
- Eco anxiety
- Social inclusion for mixed ability people
To date Byron Youth Theatre has have delivered 187 performances and 92 workshops reaching an audience of approximately 8,000 young people, teachers, parents and community members.
The Company has been invited to perform at the Richmond Valley Mental Health Expo for 3 years as well as delivering 15 performances at the PASH conference held annually for the past 5 years.
In 2018 Byron Youth Theatre was invited to perform at the Australian Association for Adolescent Health’s International Youth Health Conference.. Several members were also part of an interactive workshop facilitated by psychologist Peter Chown and Lisa Apostolides.
In 2018 and 2019 Byron Youth Theatre performed at the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association’s International Mental Health Conference in 2018 and 2019 receiving overwhelming positive feedback. The company have been booked to perform again in 2022.
Byron Youth Theatre has been recognised three times in the NSW Legislative Parliament Assembly and by Byron Council for their valued contribution to the improvement of young people’s lives in the Northern Rivers Region and was the winner of the WayAhead: Mental Health Association of NSW, Media and The Arts award in 2020.
The Company currently has 15 members aged between 16-24 yrs who are committed to providing meaningful theatre experiences created by young people for young people.
Our Goals and Vision
Exposure Live is the online on demand platform for the outstanding work of Byron Youth Theatre.
From hundreds of collated evaluation forms and testimonials from students, teachers, parents and community members who have experienced their work and recommended it be seen by everyone, this platform provides a way to share their dynamic, poignant, thought provoking productions with high schools and organisations Australia wide. It will also provide the means for Byron Youth Theatre, a not for profit, social action Company to continue their important work.
BYT’s work has a strong mental health focus propelled by their desire to engage young people in real, meaningful discussions and active learning about issues that affect them directly.
What the people say
Some of our testimonials
Simon, ex Mayor of Byron Shire
High School student
Susan, ex Dept CEO Beyond Blue