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 ...

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.”

Team


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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

Mu Nyay
Mu Nyay

Alumni quad

Mu Nyay has been coming to Mixit since 2013. She was appointed as a Youth Leader in 2018, and joined our Alumni Squad in 2021. When talking about Mixit programmes MuNyay said "I love it when I’m on the floor because I can’t think of anything but having fun and I believe that everyone feels the same way as me." Having graduated from St Dominic's in ...

Younis Ahmat Abdallah
Younis Ahmat Abdallah

Alumni quad

Younis Ahmat Abdallah joined our Youth Leadership programme in 2018, and graduated to become an Alumni Squad member in late 2020. He is currently working as a builder, and continues to participate in creative activities in his spare time.

Selected guest artists


Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Tahi-Mapp Borren:

  Guest Artist

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

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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