As the former creative producer and director for the Festival of Youth Arts (FYA) pulling young people together to showcase their diverse creative skills, from photography and poetry to dance and design, I've got the straight scoop on the hard-rocking community productions; after all, I have been producing live events, video production and shorts for nearly 15 years.

My producer’s M.O. has always been about pushing past conventional notions of what young people and adults, with little or no experience, can do.