Mixit is all about people. Meet our Alumni, our Youth Leaders and the support team that have made Mixit what it is today.

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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.

Ilknur Ozbal
Ilknur Ozbal

Youth leader

Ilknur is our most recent addition to the Youth Leader programme, joining in early 2019. When she's not busy focusing on her Year 12 studies at Waitakere College 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 difference...

Zahra Habibi
Zahra Habibi

Youth leader

Zahra Habibi was first introduced to Mixit by alumni Izadine Abdallah. She has been a part of our Youth Leadership programme since 2018. After completing her studies at Mangere College in 2019, she hopes to study Medicine or Optometry at Auckland University. She says "Mixit is fun part of my life at the moment. I just stay away from all the pressur...

Ilham Akhlaqi
Ilham Akhlaqi

Youth leader

Ilham Akhlaqi joined our Youth Leadership programme in 2018. She is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Creative Technologies at AUT, and hopes to pursue a career that allows her to draw upon her interest in technology as well as art and design.

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...

Shari Lett
Shari Lett

Project Manager

Shari Lett is an educator, curator and project manager who is committed to creating meaningful connections between people and the arts. Prior to relocating to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2018, she was the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archivist of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections, and Studio Manager for artist Ben Quilty. Since completin...

Te Rawhina McDowell
Te Rawhina McDowell

Financial Manager

Te Rawhina McDowell graduated with a degree in Economics and Statistics in 2001 and subsequently never worked as either an economist or a statistician. She has however been a Policy Adviser, Manager of Backpackers Hostel in Chile, English Teacher, Research Centre Business Manager and Accounts Administrator, and is a full-time Mum as well as Mixit’s...

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...

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...

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.

Oscar Arnold
Oscar Arnold

Alumni squad

Oscar comes from a performing arts family, who discovered Mixit at one of our outdoor site-specific performance events. Oscar immediately jumped in with his irrepressible brand of enthusiastic energy and willingness. He’s always ready to leap into any creative direction – be it dance, acting or music. It’s not if he will jump but simply how high an...

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...

Kaviesha Abeysinghe
Kaviesha Abeysinghe

Alumni squad

Kaviesha read about Mixit in her local paper as a teenager and ventured into the project determined to find opportunities for herself and her sister. She has always been involved with traditional Sri Lankan dance and discovered at Mixit the stimulation of different kinds of contemporary art forms and never looked back. She initially thought she wou...

Selected guest artists


Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Gaby Thomas:

  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
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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