Leonard Madrid (he/him/his)

Artistic Director

Leonard is a New Mexico based theatre artist.  He is Blackout’s  head of New  Works and Improv. He is also a member of the Theatre faculty at Central New Mexico Community College. Leonard received an MFA in Dramatic writing from the University of New Mexico.  He also has a BA in lighting and set design, and a BFA in Theatre. Leonard’s plays TecolotitoPerla, and Aurora have received the Kennedy Center’s Award for Latino Playwrights.  Aurora was featured as part of the Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.  Perla was a finalist of the John Cauble short Play competition.  Volver Volver Volver was chosen as the ATHE Playworks play of 2008.  Other plays have received readings and performances around the nation. His plays Juanito: a Cuento and Dogboy and Boydog each toured around New Mexico schools in front of thousands of New Mexican children and educators.

Ericka Olvera (she/her/hers)

Executive Director

Ericka joined Blackout in 2012. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2013 with a BA in Theatre. Ericka has a passion for working with kids and thus, is greatly fulfilled by working with Blackout's Wrinkle Writing program and core members. She sees great value in providing opportunities for audiences to play and interact with performance. Most recently, Ericka directed Fight Pirates: GO! GO! GO! Live Friday and Saturday also Sunday! but also enjoys acting and stage managing.

Barney Lopez (he/him/his/they)

Technical Director

 Barney Lopez is a founding member of Blackout Theatre Company. Lopez holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing and a BA in Theatre both from the University of New Mexico. As a playwright, Barney has had several plays produced by Blackout Theatre. Favorites include Petite Poems of PeasCarson Lake, & Nowhere Girls and the Big Night Inn. Barney is a passionate theatre educator and has been teaching theatre to children for 10 years.

Lila E. Martinez

Financial Manager

Born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico, Lila graduated from UNM with a BA in Design for Performance. She enjoys  pushing the boundaries of artistic explorations in many mediums. As a costume designer,  she has created award winning works including, Best Costumes from the Albuquerque New Mexico 48 Hour Film Festival three years in a row. When she isn't in the theater or in the office, she is teaching the arts inside the classroom through Blackout's Wrinkle Writing Program and UNM Continuing Education Youth Programs.

Stephen Armijo (he/him/his)

Donor Liaison

Stephen Armijo joined Blackout in the Summer of 2018. He studied film at College of Santa Fe and earned his BA in Theatre at the University of New Mexico, followed by a Master's in Secondary Education. He daylights as an educator when he's not on stage. A born and raised Burqueño.  Albuquerque has empowered his love for storytelling with a Duke City flair.  He somehow manages to balance his passion for arts with his love of teaching. Whether it is in the classroom or on the stage, storytelling and performance are his life's calling. Stephen is excited to be a part of Blackout.

Andee Schray

Front of House Manager

Andee Schray is a fledgling member of Blackout Theatre Company. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. It was in theatre. She works as a librarian for Albuquerque Public Schools. Andee believes there is no limit to what art can be and no time to sit down and define it. You can find her doing any number of art projects around town, if you can find her at all.

Caroline Toby Graham (they/them, she/her)

Marketing Director

Caroline Toby Graham is a Californian-New Mexican playwright, actor, educator, and fine art & photography model. They earned a BA in Theatre from UNM in 2015 and an MFA in Dramatic Writing in 2018. Plays include Stargazing, commissioned by Tricklock Company and DCRT; Fiberglass BurningLow MoonMenarche in the UK; several ten-minutes and one-acts; and The Great Maverick Adventure of 2007, which won 2nd place for the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award at the Kennedy Center. Caroline is also a co-writer of the award-winning, New Mexico-filmed web series “Thank You, 5.”

Hailey Tolleson (she/her/hers)

Head of New Works

Hailey Tolleson joined Blackout in the fall of 2019. She earned an Associates in Theatre from Central New Mexico Community College. Currently, she is working on a BA in Theatre at the University of New Mexico. Other than that, she's an improviser and works on devising variable theatre pieces with CNM alumni, including as a co-founder of Cutthroat Improv and Tangent.

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