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 Coordinator

Sajal joined Mixit in 2019 through a family friend and became a Junior Youth Leader within a year. Since then, Sajal has consistently displayed commitment to our mission and has become an integral part of our community. Now, as a Youth Leader Coordinator, he helps in training and guiding the upcoming Youth Leaders. Originally from India, Sajal valu...

Arezo Nazari
Arezo Nazari

Youth Leader

As a newcomer to New Zealand, Arezo was invited to end-of-year picnic in 2021 from other organisation, where she first encountered Mixit. Subsequently, she joined the summer project – “VOICES” in 2022. Originally from Afghanistan, Arezo initially struggled with homesickness and isolation. However, her time at Mixit proved transformative, allowing ...

Zohal Afshary
Zohal Afshary

Youth Leader

Originally from Afghanistan, Zohal joined Mixit in 2021 when she was introduced through her sister. The fun and energetic atmosphere immediately caught her attention, and she decided to participate regularly. After coming for a year, she was invited to step up as a Youth Leader. She values the inclusive and welcoming environment that provided a pla...

Team


Ekta Gyawali
Ekta Gyawali

Operations Leader

Ekta became a part of Mixit in 2022 during the challenging aftermath of COVID, stepping into the newly created position of Operations Leader. Drawing from her own experiences as a migrant in Aotearoa, she holds a passion for empowering young people and finds fulfilment in her role at Mixit, viewing it as an opportunity for both personal and profess...

Izadine Ahmat Abdallah
Izadine Ahmat Abdallah

Programme Leader

Izadine started out at Mixit as a shy and unconfident teenager, but he was determined to find positive ways to grow. He found his stride, first as a youth leader and then as an Alumni, inspiring others like him. In 2020, he completed his film studies at the School of Audio Engineering and in 2023 he earned a diploma in Entrepreneurship from AUT. H...

Wendy Preston MNZM
Wendy Preston MNZM

Creative Producer/Director

Wendy has over 40 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...

Board members


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...

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...

Mark Easterbrook
Mark Easterbrook

Trustee - 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.

Kaviesha Abeysinghe Perera
Kaviesha Abeysinghe Perera

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...

Mu Nyay
Mu Nyay

Alumni squad

Mu Nyay has been actively involved with Mixit since 2013. In 2018, she was appointed as a Youth Leader, and in 2021, she became a member of our Alumni Squad. Reflecting on Mixit programs, Mu Nyay expressed, "I cherish the moments on the floor because it's all about enjoying ourselves, and I believe everyone shares that sentiment." She graduated fro...

Ilknur Ozbal
Ilknur Ozbal

Alumni squad

Ilknur joined the Youth Leader programme in early 2019, and the Alumni squad in early 2021. When she's not studying at University you'll find her keeping active through playing sports and going to the gym. She is also interested in promoting the value diversity and encouraging people to be happy with their differences.

Selected guest artists


Gino October:

  Musician

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Miriama McDowell:

  Theatre Director

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Bethan Marshall:

  Artist/ Muralist

Katy Dugdale:

  Visual Artist

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Claire Talbot:

  Garden Designer

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Gemma-Jayde Naidoo:

  Choreographer

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Matilde Polard:

  Visual Artist

Julia Deans:

  Musician

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ooshcon Massuers:

  Choreographer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Maisy Conway:

  Garden Designer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Andrew Cesan:

  Choreographer

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Tahi-Mapp Borren:

  Guest Artist

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

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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