Artistic Director (he/him/his)
Leonard is a New Mexico based theatre artist and a member of the Theatre faculty at Central New Mexico Community College. Leonard holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of New Mexico, as well as a BA in lighting and set design and a BFA in Theatre. Leonard’s plays Tecolotito, Perla, and Aurora received the Kennedy Center’s Latino Playwriting Award. Aurora was featured in 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 toured New Mexico schools for thousands of New Mexican children and educators.
Executive Director (she/her/hers)
Ericka joined Blackout in 2012. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2013 with a BA in Theatre. Ericka is a director, actor, stage manager, producer, musician, improviser, and educator. She has appeared in countless sketch comedy and musical productions, including recently as a core writer/performer on Family Band for a Clown Funeral. Blackout directing credits include Blackout Tonight: Cheap Date; Greetings from Albuquerque; and Fight Pirates: GO! GO! GO! Live Friday! And Saturday! Also Sunday! Ericka is passionate about lifting up stories that haven't yet been heard, and believes in providing opportunities for audiences to play and interact with performance.
Technical Director (he/him/his/they)
Barney Lopez is a founding member of Blackout Theatre Company. Barney holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing and a BA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico. Produced plays include Simon as Sergio (UNM); Petite Poems of Peas, Carson Lake, and Nowhere Girls and the Big Night Inn (Blackout); and Sometimes it Snows (audio play). Directing credits include Blackout Tonight @ Home; Ttravis Scottt's Blackout Tonight; and the immersive concert-rodeo-circus production Family Band for a Clown Funeral. Barney is a musician, designer, actor, and the host of Albuquerque's best (and saddest) annual holiday special, Tom Waits for Christmas. Barney is also a passionate educator and has been teaching theatre to children for 10 years.
Born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico, Lila Martinez holds a BA in Design for Performance from UNM. She has designed costumes for theatre and film productions all over Albuquerque, winning three consecutive Best Costumes awards at the 48 Hour Film Festival. Lila enjoys pushing the boundaries of artistic explorations in many mediums, from fashion and design to puppetry and mask making. When she isn't in the theater or at the office, you can find her teaching the arts inside the classroom at CNM, the Harwood Art Center summer programs, community centers or UNM Continuing Education.
Donor Liaison (he/him/his)
Stephen Armijo joined Blackout in 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. A born and raised Burqueño, Stephen has a love of storytelling with a Duke City flair and has performed in theatre and film productions all over town. Recent credits include Susan and God and Alice in Wonderland (Vortex), Shakespeare on the Rails, Thank You, 5 (web series), and countless Blackout productions, including Family Band for a Clown Funeral and the new web series Nite School. Whether it is in the classroom or on the stage, storytelling and performance are his life's calling. When he's not on stage or writing sketches, he can be found teaching in a high school classroom, at Theatre Classes for Kids at UNM, or with the Harwood summer arts programs.
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
Marketing Director (they/them/she/her)
Caroline Toby Graham is a 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 Duke City Rep for Theatre on the Farm; Fiberglass Burning; Low Moon; Menarche in the UK; several ten-minutes and one-acts; and The Great Maverick Adventure of 2007, which earned the Region 6 nomination and national 2nd place for the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award at the Kennedy Center. Caroline is a co-writer of the award-winning, New Mexico-filmed web series Thank You, 5.
Production Manager/New Works (she/her/hers)
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.