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.”

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


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...

Munashe Tapfuya
Munashe Tapfuya

Outreach Activator

Munashe joined Mixit as a participant before going on to become a Youth Leader, and later a member of the inaugural Alumni Squad. She has a degree in Performing Arts and continues to pick up performance opportunities – predominantly on screen. She’s also currently undertaking part time Post Graduate studies in Social and Community Leadership. As ou...

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


Jan Alley
Jan Alley

Chair

Jan ran a Human Resource, Learning and Development consultancy and has recently been involved in organisational development for organisations as varied as Westpac NZ Limited, Watercare, NZ Transport and the University of Auckland. Jan’s extensive governance experience gives her the steady capability to guide the board. She is constantly inspired by...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

Ilknur Ozbal
Ilknur Ozbal

Alumni quad

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


Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

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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