Tantrum Youth Arts exists to amplify the voices of young people through creativity. Through our workshops, programs and performances, Tantrum makes young people feel confident, connected, creative and heard.
We believe artistic expression is a powerful tool for young people to make sense of themselves, their community and the world around them, leading to change.
We’re an employer of local artists and art workers who are passionate about taking a creative approach towards making a social impact, supporting young people to become makers and doers in their own way.
We're reclaiming tantrums...
But to us, a tantrum is about:
- Making noise and listening to the response
- Expressing yourself in a way that works for you… because it’s healthy!
- Strength in numbers and bouncing off each other
- Making the most of the journey without knowing exactly where you’re headed
- Being heard, being seen and looking beyond yourself
- Being yourself
Make Noise. Make Connections. Make Change.
Youth Arts in the Hunter for Over 40 Years
Tantrum has been making noise in the Hunter for over 40 years. Established in 1976 under the name 2 Til 5 Youth Theatre Co-op as a Saturday afternoon drama workshop program, the company grew steadily through the making of bold, original performances with young people aged 8 to 18.
In 1996, 2 Til 5 established Tantrum Theatre, an off-shoot company catering to emerging artists aged 18 to 25, and the two companies later merged.
In 2014, we relaunched as Tantrum Youth Arts to better reflect our vision and the work we do: providing a space for young people to be makers and doers, while exploring multiple forms of creative expression, to empower confidence, connections and compassion.