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 12 at St Dominic's, h...

Younis Ahmat Abdallah
Younis Ahmat Abdallah

Youth leader

Younis Ahmat Abdallah has been part of the Mixit family for 3 years, and joined our Youth Leadership programme in 2018. He is currently in Year 12 at Mangere College, and also studies Building at MIT. When he finishes school he hopes to become a builder and actor.

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


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...

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...

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


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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


Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & 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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