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in film, she has a passion for story and is interested in how the arts sector can be utilised as an agency for shifting outdated stereotypes and views of the individual.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. 

Muhammad Ali Kanwal

Community Facilitator, Performer and Musician

Ali is from Pakistan and has a keen interest in creativity on many levels – music, theatre and film. In Pakistan he composed music for radio and TV and in NZ directs a production company ‘Free Fall Productions’ that makes short documentaries and videos. Since 2002 he has been acting and directing stage plays in NZ for the Pakistani Welfare & Cultural Society and was a member of Zoh Zoh Drum Ensemble. He is currently a musician with ‘Black Light Configuration’ and is the Mixit Transport Captain.

Moss Patterson

Choreographer

Currently the Artistic Director of Atamira Dance Company Moss started out as a musician before turning his hand to acting and finally leaping into contemporary dance world, training at Unitec and going on to perform with Black Grace Dance Co, Footnote Dance Co, Touch Compass and Atamira. Along the way he carried his choreographic tool kit and consistently made works for the stage, museums, in schools and for a diversity of community events such as ‘Sacre – The Ak Dance Project’ with the Ak Philharmonia Orchestra and 200 dancers. He was also co-choreographer for the Opening Ceremony for the Rugby World Cup Games.

Chris Graham

Theatre Director

Trained in Northland Chris has worked professionally in the performance worlds since 1992. During that time he moved across disciplines with the likes of Taiao Dance Company, Theatre At Large and Inside Out Theatre. He has also regularly performed in both TV and feature films. Chris worked extensively with youth at risk devising shows for marae based Nga Moemoea A Te Rangatahi. More recently he has become a member of Red Leap Theatre as a performer, facilitator and trustee. Chris still finds time to fit in being a Resource Teacher of Learning Behaviors at Avondale Intermediate.

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