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.

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...

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...

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 ...

Team


Wendy Preston MNZM
Wendy Preston MNZM

Creative Producer/Director

Wendy has over 40 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...

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...

Ekta Gyawali
Ekta Gyawali

Operations Leader

Ekta became a part of Mixit in 2022 during the challenging aftermath of COVID, stepping into the newly created position of Operations Leader. Drawing from her own experiences as a migrant in Aotearoa, she holds a passion for empowering young people and finds fulfilment in her role at Mixit, viewing it as an opportunity for both personal and profess...

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...

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.

Ilknur Ozbal
Ilknur Ozbal

Alumni squad

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.

Mu Nyay
Mu Nyay

Alumni squad

Mu Nyay has been actively involved with Mixit since 2013. In 2018, she was appointed as a Youth Leader, and in 2021, she became a member of our Alumni Squad. Reflecting on Mixit programs, Mu Nyay expressed, "I cherish the moments on the floor because it's all about enjoying ourselves, and I believe everyone shares that sentiment." She graduated fro...

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...

Selected guest artists


Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Gino October:

  Musician

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Ooshcon Massuers:

  Choreographer

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Tahi-Mapp Borren:

  Guest Artist

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Maisy Conway:

  Garden Designer

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Bethan Marshall:

  Artist/ Muralist

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Matilde Polard:

  Visual Artist

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Claire Talbot:

  Garden Designer

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Gemma-Jayde Naidoo:

  Choreographer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Andrew Cesan:

  Choreographer

Katy Dugdale:

  Visual Artist

Miriama McDowell:

  Theatre Director

Julia Deans:

  Musician

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

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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