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.

Shahram Qasimi
Shahram Qasimi

Youth Leader

Shahram’s journey with Mixit began at our Auckland outreach workshop in July 2022. Coming from Afghanistan and fresh to New Zealand with no friends and minimal English, he found support and joy in the session. This positive experience nudged him to dive and commit into the core program, seeking to navigate this new NZ culture. Mixit swiftly became ...

Zohal Afshary
Zohal Afshary

Youth Leader

Originally from Afghanistan, Zohal joined Mixit in 2021 when she was introduced through her sister. The fun and energetic atmosphere immediately caught her attention, and she decided to participate regularly. After coming for a year, she was invited to step up as a Youth Leader. She values the inclusive and welcoming environment that provided a pla...

Sajal Taneja
Sajal Taneja

Youth Leader Coordinator

Sajal joined Mixit in 2019 through a family friend and became a Junior Youth Leader within a year. Since then, Sajal has consistently displayed commitment to our mission and has become an integral part of our community. Now, as a Youth Leader Coordinator, he helps in training and guiding the upcoming Youth Leaders. Originally from India, Sajal valu...

Team


Kaviesha Abeysinghe-Perera
Kaviesha Abeysinghe-Perera

Outreach Leader

Kaviesha discovered Mixit in 2012 through an article in the Western Leader. After participating in the "Cross Roads" summer project in 2013, she became a Youth Leader, later progressing to join Mixit's Alumni team and eventually serving as a trustee on the board. Originally from Sri Lanka, she completed her education in NZ with a Bachelor of Scienc...

Izadine Ahmat Abdallah
Izadine Ahmat Abdallah

Programme Leader

Izadine started out at Mixit as a shy and unconfident teenager, but he was determined to find positive ways to grow. He found his stride, first as a youth leader and then as an Alumni, inspiring others like him. In 2020, he completed his film studies at the School of Audio Engineering and in 2023 he earned a diploma in Entrepreneurship from AUT. H...

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


Sam Ramlu
Sam Ramlu

Trustee

Sam is a co-founder and director of Method Digital – an innovative creative digital agency and she loves bringing stories to life through technology. A Fijian born Kiwi Indian Sam has been part of a wide range of cutting-edge digital design, virtual and augmented reality initiatives. She’s also been an active trustee on other boards in the film and...

Amavi Mey
Amavi Mey

Trustee

Amavi is the Communities Engagement Manager at Fonterra and enjoys being in a role that connects the business world to communities. She’s also been a school teacher and thrives in situations that are about supporting growth, including being on the Board for May Road School and a volunteer for Springboard Trust. Amavi is a Cambodian NZer from a fami...

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...

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.

Oscar Arnold
Oscar Arnold

Alumni squad

Oscar, who joined Mixit in 2012 as a Mixer, later became a Youth Leader and Alumni, forming lasting friendships and finding creative inspiration. He pursued a BSC in environmental studies with a minor in Māori studies, earning a scholarship for his research on cross-cultural groundwater management. Professionally, he transitioned from hotel work to...

Ray Santiago
Ray Santiago

Alumni Squad

Ray joined Mixit in 2020 as a creative intern during the "In a Curious Garden" summer project while completing his final year at university. Since then, he's become an integral part of the Alumni squad, facilitating Mixit-style sessions nationwide and engaging in youth-related activities. Originally from Philippines, he was drawn to Mixit's heartfe...

Laya Rasooli
Laya Rasooli

Alumni squad

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...

Selected guest artists


Bethan Marshall:

  Artist/ Muralist

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Julia Deans:

  Musician

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Claire Talbot:

  Garden Designer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Katy Dugdale:

  Visual Artist

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Miriama McDowell:

  Theatre Director

Gino October:

  Musician

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Ooshcon Massuers:

  Choreographer

Gemma-Jayde Naidoo:

  Choreographer

Matilde Polard:

  Visual Artist

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Tahi-Mapp Borren:

  Guest Artist

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Maisy Conway:

  Garden Designer

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Andrew Cesan:

  Choreographer

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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