Rhonda Backinoff has done costumes for various theaters in the Albuquerque area.  She has costumed and designed for Sandia Preforming Arts Company, Vortex, Adobe Theater and West End Productions.  Her costumes were used at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for ROSALIE'S ROCKS as well as REASONS.  Rhonda has been a board member of the Sandia Performing Arts Company since 2016.  Rhonda says, "Working with actors and directors to make costumes that enhance the productions and utilize creativity on a budget are challenges that I enjoy!"

Jeremy Levin is Stage Manager for TACOS RICOS and this is his first production with SPAC and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Previous Albuquerque stage management credits include THE BOOK OF WILL and MORNINGS AT SEVEN at the Adobe Theatre, as well as MARY STUART at the Vortex Theatre.  Los Angeles credits include ACCOMPLICES and GEM OF THE OCEAN at The Fountain Theatre, SLIDING INTO HADES at the Odyssey Theatre, and SATURDAY SCENE at the Geffen Playhouse.  Touring credits include IT HAD TO BE YOU and IF YOU EVER LEAVE ME, I’M GOING WITH YOU! with Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna, VANITIES with Linda Blair and Erin Moran, and THE ODD COUPLE, THE FEMALE VERSION with Barbara Eden and Larry Thomas.  Other credits include Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre, BayShore Lyric Opera, The Group Repertory Theatre, and the Carmel Shakes-Peare Festival. Jeremy studied Stage Management at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and received his BFA in Theatre from Boston University.

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Frida Mercury is an American actress and fashion model. She is represented by the O' Agency. She is best known for her roles in THE CLEANING LADY as Soledad (2024). THE MAID as the lead actor in an award-winning indie film (2022). BRIARPATCH as Mirna (2020). WATER BY THE SPOONFUL as Orangutan (2019). PERPETUAL GRACE LTD as Eva (2019), and much more. She loves film, fashion and theater! Frida is a published model, and has had the opportunity to work with many fashion designers. Additionally, she has worked with many respected photographers from around the world. She has also started her own podcast on YouTube. She is pleased to take part on this hilarious play, TACOS RICOS! Frida plays the part of Rita. Frida says, “I hope you enjoy the show!”

Mike Rector plays the part of DOR. Mike has been involved in plays at Black Cat Theatre and Vista Grande Community Center in Sandia Park. Mike prefers 

crispy (not soft) tacos, and likes having a fork to finish them off! Mike enjoys all aspects of the theatre including the magic that always happens in the theatre. This is the first time Mike has done anything in conjunction with the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Mike said, “TACOS RICOS will be a fun time thanks to Ruben Muller's creativity!” 

Rehearsing TACOS RICOS! "So tasty!" Pictured left to right: Mike Rector as DOR, Ludwig Puchmayer as MY OH MY, and Alyssa Apodaca as CAR. Opening March 8 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center!


Daniel Lucero is very excited to be a part of the cast for TACOS RICOS. Daniel plays the part of Lopez. Daniel has been involved in theatre and film since high school, and moved to Albuquerque to pursue his passion. This is his first time working with the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Daniel was a part of the original reading of TACOS RICOS in August at North Fourth Theatre. He is very thrilled to be back for the NHCC production. Daniel said, “My favorite thing about the play is how immersed it is in Albuquerque culture, and how it represents the people and history of this city.

Tim Maxwell plays the part of the security guard in SPAC's newest production. Tim has a favorite street taco recipe made with ribeye steak and a special blend of seasonings that feature chipotle pepper - so tasty! This is Tim's first event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and he is very honored to be a part of this fun production. Tim's favorite part of theatre (after the laughter and applause) is being able to use his imagination in developing a character. Tim said, "I love the delightfully zany script of Tacos Ricos, especially the variety of characters and the dialogue! But most of all, I get to make my singing debut!"

Sandia Performing Arts Company is pleased to announce our cast and crew for


TACOS RICOS by Ruben Muller

Directed by Kathleen Welker


Stage Manager – Jeremy Levin 

Musician – Vivian Fernandez

Set - Blake Starr

Costumes – Rhonda Backinoff                                                

Props – Tim Maxwell/Julie Nelson 

Publicity – Julie Nelson

Tickets – Kathlyn Williams


Cast of Characters:


MY OH MY – Ludwig Puchmayer                                           

RICO – Jesus Banuelos                                                            

LOPEZ – Daniel Lucero                                                            

RUBY – Beatrice Villegas                                                         

ABUELO – Ruben Muller                                                                                                                          

JUANITA – Maria Herrera 

OFFICER - Tim Maxwell

LUPE - Joshua Neustadter

RITA - Frida Mercury

RHODA - Joelle Yann

CAR - Alyssa Apodaca

DOR - Mike Rector

RUDOLFO - Daniel Cruz                                                                                                                               

Mix together a competition between three taco trucks, a lovelorn security guard, and beings from another world and you have TACOS RICOS!

Sandia Performing Arts Company, in conjunction with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, is pleased to present TACOS RICOS, a musical comedy written by Ruben Muller. This delightful production will be presented at the National Hispanic Cultural Center March 8, 9, 10 and March 15, 16, 17.

Sandia Performing Arts Company presents EXTINCT The Trilogy written and directed by Ruben Muller! This 15 minute movie stars James Pinkston, Katheen Welker, Julie Nelson, and Lacey Bingham. Filmed at Studio 519, the editing and special effects were done by Tim Nenninger of Timbojo Productions. Link to the film: https://youtu.be/B2avUxgXipU

Reasons and Roy G Biv have been live streaming on Cable Access Channel 27. Channel 27 can be seen on Comcast, or at the link below. 

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Reasons or Roy G Biv are being broadcast!

New Voices • New Mexico is designed to support emerging screenwriters from New Mexico as they develop feature film or television scripts. Details about the three-part program can be found here.

Rosalie's Magic Rocks

SPAC premiered Rosalie's Magic Rocks at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in 2019. It is now going to be the centerpiece of a children's theatre workshop in Ruidoso, NM. 

SPAC is proud that Ruben Muller's play will be part of introducing children to theater through the Lincoln County Community Theatre Workshop For Kids.