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 Aurorareceived the Kennedy Center’s Award for Latino Playwrights. Aurorawas featured in the Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Perlawas a finalist of the John Cauble short Play competition. Volver Volver Volverwas 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 performer/collaborator 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. Lopez 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 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.
Donor Liaison (he/him/his)
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.
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 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 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 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.
Head of 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.