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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tahi-Mapp Borren
Tahi-Mapp Borren

Programme Leader

Tahi has a BA in Anthropology and Theatre from Victoria University and went on to graduate from Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) in 2003. Since then Tahi has devised and performed her own solo works and collaborated professionally in a range of new NZ Theatre. Her work includes devising, teaching, and dramaturgy, for both theatre and multi-disciplina...

Board members


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 ...

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...

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.

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...

Munashe Tapfuya
Munashe Tapfuya

Alumni squad

Munashe was brought along to Mixit when she was mid-way through a Performing Arts Degree. She immediately felt at home and recognised this could be her new fam. A performer and singer who loves music and dance, Munashe has performed on both stage and screen. She has also branched out and developed some business skills and is interested in growing t...

Selected guest artists


Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

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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