Mixit is all about people. Meet our Alumni, our Youth Leaders and the support team that have made Mixit what it is today.

People
People
People

Youth leaders


Mixit has a dynamic Youth Leadership programme. This programme offers motivated individuals an opportunity to step up into roles where they face new challenges and opportunities to grow their skills.

Youth Leaders take on organisational and planning responsibilities, gain experience of creative facilitation skills, manage the digital media aspects of the project, have the opportunity and support to initiate events and projects that inspire them. The youth leaders are an integral and dynamic team within Mixit and work hard together to make a difference.

Sajal Taneja
Sajal Taneja

Youth Leader

Sajal started coming to Mixit in 2019, and was appointed as a junior Youth Leader in early 2020. He loves coming to Mixit to socialise and build his creative skills. “I come here for enjoyment, at the end of every Saturday I feel like I should come next week, it’s the best place for anyone to enjoy, do, create and increase creativity.”

Oumaima Ahmat Abdallah
Oumaima Ahmat Abdallah

Youth Leader

Oumaima has been coming to Mixit for 5 years, and is the third in her family to become a Mixit Youth Leader. She is in year 12 at Mangere College and loves learning new languages, fashion design and watching Kdramas. After school Oumaima wants to become a fashion designer and actress because she really enjoys exploring her creative side, and wants ...

Team


Munashe Tapfuya
Munashe Tapfuya

Outreach Activator

Munashe joined Mixit as a participant before going on to become a Youth Leader, and later a member of the inaugural Alumni Squad. She has a degree in Performing Arts and continues to pick up performance opportunities – predominantly on screen. She’s also currently undertaking part time Post Graduate studies in Social and Community Leadership. As ou...

Wendy Preston MNZM
Wendy Preston MNZM

Creative Producer/Director

Wendy has over 30 years of professional involvement as a choreographer, director, tutor, performer and artistic producer/manager. She has worked extensively with young people on performance projects throughout her career, focusing on cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary creative interaction. Wendy has collaborated with leading practitioners across...

Mel Bailey
Mel Bailey

Programme Leader

Mel started his journey with Mixit as an intern during the summer of 2016 and in the years that followed, found himself back on the floor hosting Saturday sessions as a guest artist. He is a Unitec graduate, having completed his BA in performing and screen arts. Mel remains an active participant both in front and behind the camera. “As the Creativ...

Board members


Mark Easterbrook
Mark Easterbrook

Trustee - Acting Chair

Mark works as a Writer and Creative Director in the advertising and design industry, as well as volunteering his time for arts and charity organisations. As a creative thinker, he aims to join the dots between ideas and people to help build Mixit’s connections and tell our story. As a Mixit trustee, he brings a calm, optimistic approach to what we ...

Sam Ramlu
Sam Ramlu

Trustee

Sam is a co-founder and director of Method Digital – an innovative creative digital agency and she loves bringing stories to life through technology. A Fijian born Kiwi Indian Sam has been part of a wide range of cutting-edge digital design, virtual and augmented reality initiatives. She’s also been an active trustee on other boards in the film and...

Susan Davis
Susan Davis

Trustee

Susan has a background teaching and engaging with visual arts and poetry initiatives. As a trustee she brings a set of skills that connects the space between Board and Management and flows through to direct mentoring of the Mixit participants. Susan hosts our annual Youth Leaders retreats on her rural property in Northland and is a deeply committed...

Alumni squad


Mixit Youth Leaders graduate into our Alumni team. The team actively engage on many levels – as Ambassadors, on the Board, mentoring youth, performing for external events, creating music (check out our videos) and participating in continued training to creatively lead and manage outreach opportunities.

Meg Sydenham
Meg Sydenham

Alumni squad

Meg worked with Mixit for the first time on the 2019 summer project JUMP CUT as a creative coach. She is from an acting background, and recently graduated from Toi Whakaari. Her range of teaching experience is diverse: putting on plays with primary school drama classes, working with kids right through to adults as an acting coach for short films, t...

Oscar Arnold
Oscar Arnold

Alumni squad

Oscar comes from a performing arts family, who discovered Mixit at one of our outdoor site-specific performance events. Oscar immediately jumped in with his irrepressible brand of enthusiastic energy and willingness. He’s always ready to leap into any creative direction – be it dance, acting or music. It’s not if he will jump but simply how high an...

Ilham Akhlaqi
Ilham Akhlaqi

Alumni quad

Ilham Akhlaqi joined our Alumni Squad in 2021. She recently completed a Bachelor of Creative Technologies at AUT, and is currently completing her Masters. She hopes to pursue a career that allows her to draw upon her interest in technology as well as art and design.

Selected guest artists


Yair Katz:

  Musician

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Tahi-Mapp Borren:

  Guest Artist

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Global connections


Mixit has a growing network of similar inspiring creative organisations that work with young people and marginalized communities. We are interested in making new connections, partnerships and opportunities with like-minded groups. If you have a project and want to link up with Mixit reach out, start talking and join our global connections map.

CAN – Community Arts Northwest, Manchester
  can.uk.com
Project Phakama, London
  projectphakama.org
Contact Theatre, Manchester
  contactmcr.com
Richard Mille Replica
  .richardmille.to
Ovalhouse Theatre, London
  ovalhouse.com
Counterpoints Arts and Platforma, London
  counterpointsarts.org.uk
CoHealth Arts Generator, Melbourne
  cohealthartsgenerator.com
Multicultural Arts Victoria, Melbourne
  .multiculturalarts.com.au
The Open University for Refugees, Singapore
  initiativeour.org

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