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.

Mu Nyay
Mu Nyay

Youth leader

Mu Nyay has been coming to Mixit since 2013. She was appointed as a Youth Leader in 2018, and enjoys contributing to the Youth Leadership programme through spending time on the floor. "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." In year 13 at St Dominic's, h...

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...

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


Keith Williams
Keith Williams

Driver

Keith joined Mixit in late 2019 as our Saturday van driver. He is a strong believer in the tools that art and drama help grow, such as social skills, confidence and leadership qualities. These he can relate to his time as a young performer in kapahaka and maurakau over a 10 year period. Keith has a BA in Maori Studies/Business Development with a st...

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....

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


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 ...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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


Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Sparrow Phillips:

  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
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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