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.

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. ...

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


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...

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...

Board members


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 ...

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...

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.

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...

Batanai Mashingaidze
Batanai Mashingaidze

Alumni squad

Batanai is an emerging professional artist who has worked in a range of roles since graduating from Toi Whakaari as an actor. She has been employed as a performer in theatre, film, on dance projects and as an AD in the film industry. She was a creative coach on a Mixit summer project FRESH EYES and the Assistant Director on the JUMP CUT summer proj...

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 ...

Selected guest artists


Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

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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