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.

Ilknur Ozbal
Ilknur Ozbal

Youth leader

Ilknur joined the Youth Leader programme in early 2019. When she's not busy focusing on her Year 13 studies at Waitakere College 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.

Faizan Loun
Faizan Loun

Youth leader

Faizan started coming to Mixit in 2019, and was recently appointed as a Junior Youth Leader. He is excited to learn new things, work with the Mixit team and to have 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. I e...

Younis Ahmat Abdallah
Younis Ahmat Abdallah

Youth leader

Younis Ahmat Abdallah has been part of the Mixit family for 3 years, and joined our Youth Leadership programme in 2018. He is currently in Year 13 at Mangere College, and also studies Building at MIT. When he finishes school he hopes to become a builder and actor.

Team


Nicole Beer
Nicole Beer

Financial Manager

Nicole has recently 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....

Shari Lett
Shari Lett

Project Manager

Shari Lett is an educator, curator and project manager who is committed to creating meaningful connections between people and the arts. Prior to relocating to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2018, she was an Assistant Education Coordinator, Indigenous Programmes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, before going on to become their Archivist of Aboriginal and T...

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...

Board members


Hana Mender
Hana Mender

Trustee

Hana went through the Mixit programme as a teenager, going on to become an active and engaged Youth Leader. She now offers an important perspective as an Alumni and Trustee. Hana trained as a Nurse and is currently working professionally in the Health sector. She is a smart and articulate voice, confidently representing former refugee background yo...

Susan Davis
Susan Davis

Trustee

Susan has a background teaching and engaging with visual arts and poetry initiatives. As a trustee she brings a set of skills that connects the space between Board and Management and flows through to direct mentoring of the Mixit participants. Susan hosts our annual Youth Leaders retreats on her rural property in Northland and is a deeply committed...

Mark Easterbrook
Mark Easterbrook

Trustee

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
Kaviesha Abeysinghe

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...

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...

Selected guest artists


Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Eddie Elliott:

  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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