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.
Te Rawhina McDowell
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 part-time Financial Manager. Te Rawhina loves working with numbers and figures and also loves that she is able to contribute her skills to a project that makes a real difference to young people’s lives.
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 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.
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 connection to Mixit, stepping in to creatively contribute on the studio floor. He produced the making of ‘Together The Beat’ the soundtrack to our recent videos and often jumps behind the wheel of the Mixit van making sure Mixers get to the Saturday sessions safely.
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-disciplinary performance. Passionately engaged with empowering youth through collaboration and storytelling, Tahi freelance tutors across several companies including for Mixit, Corrupt Productions (Dance), Massive Co, Red Leap Theatre and Excel School of Performing Arts.