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.

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.

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...

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 12 at St Dominic's, h...

Team


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 completing...

Felix Becroft
Felix Becroft

Driver

Felix has been part of Mixit since he was 14, going on to join the Youth Leaders team and is now an Alumni. He graduated from Toi Whakaari as an actor and continues involvement in theatre, film and music. These days he spends most of his working life in the film industry beside the camera in the Art Dept. When he’s available he continues his connec...

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


Tayyaba Akram Khan
Tayyaba Akram Khan

Trustee

Tayyaba Khan is the founder of Khadija Leadership Network, the NZ Peace Ambassador for the European Muslim League, and a community development practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with the migrant and refugee communities in The Occupied Territories of Palestine, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. She has an association wit...

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...

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 ...

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...

Izadine Ahmed Abdallah
Izadine Ahmed Abdallah

Alumni squad

Izadine joined Mixit as a teenager who was shy and un-confident but wanted to find positive ways to step up in his life. Mixit gave him the platform to find his voice and he quickly started to fly. He’s a great ambassador for Mixit, always encouraging other young people to come along and join the crew. Izadine loves Spoken Word Poetry and is always...

Selected guest artists


Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & 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
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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