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.

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 ...

Faizan Loun
Faizan Loun

Youth Leader

Faizan started coming to Mixit in 2019, and was appointed as a Youth Leader in 2020. He is excited about learning new things, working with the Mixit team and to having fun with his fellow Youth Leaders. He says " When i come here, whatever is intense or unhappy, I let it all out. Everyone enjoys what they are doing and we are all friends at Mixit. ...

Laya Rasooli
Laya Rasooli

Youth Leader

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...

Team


Operations Leader
Operations Leader

Could this be you?

Our Operations Leader is a friendly individual with excellent communication skills, lots of IT savvy and a self starter. They’re a team player, organised and keen to contribute to both the running of our Core Programme and the excellent dynamics of our Engine Room. We’ve not found them yet, but we know they are nearby and can’t wait to introduce t...

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...

Nicole Beer
Nicole Beer

Financial Manager

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...

Board members


Kaviesha Abeysinghe
Kaviesha Abeysinghe

Trustee

Kaviesha joined Mixit as a teenager before becoming a part of the Youth Leadership Programme. More recently she has become an active member of the Alumni, co-facilitating Mixit workshops in schools and in other regions around NZ. She is currently studying to be a Primary school teacher, after graduating with a Science degree and working in a labor...

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...

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 ...

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...

Munashe Tapfuya
Munashe Tapfuya

Alumni squad

Munashe was brought along to Mixit when she was mid-way through a Performing Arts Degree. She immediately felt at home and recognised this could be her new fam. A performer and singer who loves music and dance, Munashe has performed on both stage and screen. She has also branched out and developed some business skills and is interested in growing t...

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


Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Tahi-Mapp Borren:

  Guest Artist

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & 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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