SPAC Board of Directors
Ruben Muller: President
Ruben Muller is a New Mexico actor. He's been seen on many New Mexico stages doing “Bless Me Ultima” (touring), La Dolorosa”, and “Farilitos of Christmas” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center; “Bus Stop” at the Adobe Rose Theater in Santa Fe; “The Miracle Worker” at the Albuquerque Little Theater; and “Shadow Box” at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque. On television he's had a recurring role on “Better Call Saul” and was the lead actor for “Arrest and Trial”. He’s also appeared on the set of “Roswell”. Other film credits include “Michael and Jack”, a short film written and directed by Morse Bicknell; and in Patricia Crespin's “Land of Heirs” directed by Rowyn Louise. He’s written a children’s play that was seen at the NHCC called “Rosalie’s Magic Rocks”. He’s also written a feature film called “Reasons”, which premiered at NHCC and is now being shown on Community Cable Access Channel 27. He was invited to the prestigious Stowe Labs seminar in Taos for his screenplay titled “Freedom”. He has trained with Frederick Ponzlov, Marcos Martinez, Valli Rivera, Vic Browder, Kristin Loree and Salome Martinez-Lutz. He has an associates degree in Business Administration, is a United States Marine Corps veteran, and is now retired from the United States Postal Service. He is a SAG-AFTRA union member. Loves to bowl, bicycle, play guitar and paint.
Lacey Bingham: Treasurer
Lacey Bingham started taking performing seriously at Manzano High School under the tutelage of Howard Mensch, Carolyn Sirkel, and Carol Wade, lettering in theater and becoming a lifetime Thespian of Troupe 286. She completed her BFA with a full scholarship at UNM in Theater Arts with an English minor, followed by a BA at the College of Santa Fe in Elementary Education, and an MALA in Liberal Arts from St. Johns College. Her public school teaching career included students from Belen, Jemez Valley, and Albuquerque, where she produced annual talent shows, monthly assemblies, and other creative performances for children ages Kindergarten through 8th grade. Lacey has played on many Albuquerque community stages in various roles including most recently, Joveeta in Honky Tonk Hissy Fit at the Adobe and as A in Three Tall Women at the Aux Dog Theater. She is currently represented as an actress by Phirgun Mair Worldwide. Lacey Bingham currently serves on the board as Treasurer.
Margie Maes: Secretary
Margie Maes has been active in ABQ Community Theater for many years. She has appeared in many SPAC productions including Reasons (Rayme 2), Rosalie's Magic Rocks (Narrator), Neon Melo (Wonder), and Revelations (Dovey). She was most recently seen as Georgia Dean in Honky Tonk Hissy Fit at the Adobe Theater, a role she reprised from the Adobe production of Doublewide, Texas. She recently appeared as a member of the court in the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival/Vortex production of Hamlet. Other shows include Nickel and Dimed, Curtains, and My Favorite Year all at the Adobe Theater, the West End Productions of Black Comedy, Separate Tables, and Lettice and Lovage, as well as The Farolitos of Christmas for the National Hispanic Cultural Center/Vortex.
Rhonda Backinoff: Member
Rhonda Backinoff has done costumes for various theaters in the Albuquerque area. She has costumed and designed for Sandia Performing Arts Company, Aux Dog, Vortex, Adobe Theater and West End Productions. She also makes clothes and costumes for her grandchildren. She has been a Board member of the Sandia Performing Arts Company since 2016.
María Teresa Herrera: Member
María Teresa Herrera Bustamante is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion educator, as well as an English As A Second Language instructor. María is from Albuquerque's South Valley, the fifth of seven children born to Mexican parents, a source of pride for her as they instilled in her the importance of honoring her roots. Her energy and love for the arts has guided her to express herself through the performing arts: music, dance, theatre, and film. To name a few, her acting credits include: Spider Woman Stories with Two Worlds Native Theater and Performing Arts, Honky Tonk Hissy Fit with the Adobe Theater, Working Classroom’s Solving For X, Real Women Have Curves, Estoy En El Rincón, El Vagón and La Casa de Bernarda Alba with Teatro Nuevo México, Aye, No! with Camino Real Productions, and Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima, Farolitos of Christmas, Twelfth Night, and Rosalinda with The Vortex Theatre. Maria was also the choreographer and an actor in the musical Four Guys Named Jose Y Una Mujer Named Maria at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Maria is a founding member of Hembras de Pluma, a collective of women artists. Maria was in Los Lobos, a film Directed by Samuel Kishi Leopo, released on HBO Max in August 2020. María is always looking for ways to craft her artistic vision to invigorate and promote performance art. When she is not teaching or working on an artistic venture, you might find her spending time with family, gardening, or dancing to salsa.
Maria is honored to be able to serve on the board of the Sandia Performing Arts Company (SPAC) in New Mexico, and she truly believes that their mission impacts the greater Albuquerque community in a positive way. Maria believes that SPAC has an opportunity to encourage diversity and inclusion in theatre and with the help of the community, continue bringing in new ideas and new experiences to Albuquerque.