The Team

TE RAWHINA MCDOWELL

Financial Manager

Te Rawhina McDowell graduated with a degree in Economics and Statistics in 2001 and subsequently never worked as either an economist or a statistician. She has however been a Policy Adviser, Manager of Backpackers Hostel in Chile, English Teacher, Research Centre Business Manager and Accounts Administrator, and is a full-time Mum as well as Mixit’s part-time Financial Manager.  Te Rawhina loves working with numbers and figures and also loves that she is able to contribute her skills to a project that makes a real difference to young people’s lives.

WENDY PRESTON

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 the performing arts fields, mentors emerging performers and teaches at tertiary level, she has also worked on marae, in schools, community halls, theatres and film and television both in New Zealand and Internationally. She passionately believes in the power of creativity to make significant changes in peoples lives and grow stronger communities.

 

RINA PATEL

Project manager

As the first Indian woman to train at the National School Of Drama; Te Kura Aotearoa o Toi Whakaari, Rina is no stranger to theatre and film production. Armed with a Masters in film, she has a passion for story and is interested in how the arts sector can be utilised as an agency for shifting outdated stereotypes and views of the individual. 

 

Tahi-Mapp Borren

THEATRE DIRECTOR

Tahi has a BA in Anthropology and Theatre from Victoria University and went on to graduate from Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) in 2003. Since then Tahi has devised and performed her own solo works and collaborated professionally in a range of new NZ Theatre. Her work includes devising, teaching, and dramaturgy, for both theatre and multi-disciplinary performance. Passionately engaged with empowering youth through collaboration and storytelling, Tahi freelance tutors across several companies including for Mixit, Corrupt Productions (Dance), Massive Co, Red Leap Theatre and Excel School of Performing Arts. 

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