Wendy Preston MNZM
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 the performing arts fields, mentors emerging performers and teaches at tertiary level, she has also worked on marae, in schools, community halls, theatres and film and television both in New Zealand and Internationally. She passionately believes in the power of creativity to make significant changes in peoples lives and grow stronger communities.
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 directing and dramaturgy, for theatre and multi-disciplinary performance. Tahi co-founded Sweet Beats Ltd with musician Chris O’Connor, their work includes community activation and participatory installation. Tahi has freelance tutored across several companies alongside her role with Mixit, including Massive Co, Excel School of Performing Arts and Red Leap Theatre.
Keith joined Mixit in late 2019 as our Saturday van driver. He is a strong believer in the tools that art and drama help grow, such as social skills, confidence and leadership qualities. These he can relate to his time as a young performer in kapahaka and maurakau over a 10 year period. Keith has a BA in Maori Studies/Business Development with a strong background in community engagement and development. 'I thrive being part of a team that delivers a service that supports positive changes in lives' . He previously provided guidance as a youth training coordinator and mentor for children at risk within the West Auckland region. 'It is really exciting to be part of the Mixit team, our whānau, and our tamariki - our taonga.
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 an Assistant Education Coordinator, Indigenous Programmes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, before going on to become their Archivist of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections, and Studio Manager for artist Ben Quilty. Since completing a Bachelor of Art Theory in 2014, she has developed and delivered creative projects for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, and Goulburn Correctional Centre.
Nicole has recently joined the team to both hold and develop our Financial Management needs. She brings an extensive background of accounting and financial know-how supporting a wide range of community and charitable organisations including Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring (who mentor Pacifica youth at risk), Hibiscus Hospice and the YES Disability Centre. She has also worked in financial areas aligned to arts organisations – including Limbs and Black Grace Dance Companies. Nicole loves nothing more than using her financial skills to help organisations make a positive difference to the world, especially working in the Not-For-Loss space. When she’s not busy being Queen of the Spreadsheets she can be found refereeing basketball – one of her happy places.