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


Nicole Beer
Nicole Beer

Finance Leader

Nicole joined the team to both hold and develop our Financial Management needs. She brings an extensive background of accounting and financial know-how supporting a wide range of community and charitable organisations including Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring (who mentor Pacifica youth at risk), Hibiscus Hospice and the YES Disability Centre. She has also...

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...

Ekta Gyawali
Ekta Gyawali

Operations Leader

Ekta is Mixits newest member of the central team. Originally from Nepal she relocated to Aotearoa to compete a Masters degree in Business Management at Waikato Uni and then worked as the Project Administrator for Waimarie, a community support organisation in Hamilton. She loves having the opportunity to contribute to empowering young people and re...

Board members


Mike Becroft
Mike Becroft

Trustee

Michael is an Art Director in film and been part of the NZ film industry since the early 1980s. Closely associated with Mixit since it was established in 2006, he was the inaugural Chair of the Board. He retains a seat at the board table providing a steady voice of reason, a wise overview and ensures the project remains true to its core purpose, al...

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...

Fardowsa Mohamed
Fardowsa Mohamed

Trustee

As a teenager Fardowsa was a Mixit participant, then Youth Leader before she left Auckland to take on medical studies. She’s now a medical doctor working for Auckland Hospital with an interest in surgery. Around her busy professional life she is a respected poet, and continues to train in martial arts, she currently has a red belt in Kung Fu. Fardo...

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.

Izadine Ahmed Abdallah
Izadine Ahmed Abdallah

Alumni squad

Izadine joined Mixit as a teenager who was shy and un-confident but wanted to find positive ways to step up in his life. Mixit gave him the platform to find his voice and he quickly started to fly. He’s a great ambassador for Mixit, always encouraging other young people to come along and join the crew. Izadine loves Spoken Word Poetry and is always...

Kaviesha Abeysinghe Perara
Kaviesha Abeysinghe Perara

Alumni squad

Kaviesha read about Mixit in her local paper as a teenager and ventured into the project determined to find opportunities for herself and her sister. She has always been involved with traditional Sri Lankan dance and discovered at Mixit the stimulation of different kinds of contemporary art forms and never looked back. She initially thought she wou...

Laya Rasooli
Laya Rasooli

Alumni squad

Laya is a Mixit youth leader who began participating in the Mixit project in late 2020. She loves Mixit's energy and cosy atmosphere. The friendly environment encourages activity and creativity.Laya is currently pursuing a degree in Architecture and a minor degree in Creative Technologies. Additionally, she works as a product marketing designer. La...

Selected guest artists


Yair Katz:

  Musician

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Tahi-Mapp Borren:

  Guest Artist

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & 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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