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Meet our Directors

Kelly King - Executive Director

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Natasha Sanchez - Director, Costume Design/Coordination

Natasha has been working for ACT since 2010. She directs and makes costumes. She is a graduate from NMSU with a BA in theatre arts. She is working on her MA with hopes to be a drama teacher.

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Jazmin Buchman - Director

Jazmin has been volunteering with ACT for several years. She enjoys directing, tech, and sharing her love for theatre.

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Luis Alfonso Castro - Artistic Director

Luis is so grateful to be joining the ACT family and hopes he is able to continue to help out. Theatre is his passion and he is studying to become a theatre teacher at NMSU.

Sonia Walterbos - Assistant Director

Sonia has been working with ACT since ?. She is the only one who didn't major in theatre in college, but that doesn't mean that she is any less enthusiastic about theatre. She loves all of the performing arts, especially musicals. She started out with ACT as a volunteer Director's Assistant, but she loved it so much and she was lucky enough to be able to co-direct with the whole team! She will be assisting the other directors in whatever is needed, as well as offering helpful suggestions to make the performances even better! 

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Alex Lopez - Film Director

Alex is a graduate of the Creative Media Institute (CMI) program at New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Digital Film Editing, On-set Sound Mixing, and Directing. He is currently based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Before coming to New Mexico in the summer of 2013, Alexander was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he discovered his love of film after watching "The Dark Knight" in mid-2008.

Meet our Staff
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Pinky Kingsley - Bookkeeper

Pinky has a M.A. (Anthropology), did her thesis work at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, designing exhibits, and developing and implementing children’s programs.  In 2008, she co-founded and began management of Mikey’s Place – A Workshop for the Arts, in Mesilla Park. Mikey’s Place was a warehouse space that welcomed both visual and performing artists. Pinky first became involved with ACT as a parent in 1994.  She has served on the ACT Board of Directors, as ACT Executive Director and Show Coordinator.  Pinky has performed as a dancer for many years and is currently a member of ballet folklorico Las Perlitas del Pueblo. She is excited to be supporting a culturally-significant public space through ACT’s affiliation with the historic Rio Grande Theatre.

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Eileen Gilbert - Technical Director

Eileen was an elementary school teacher for 30 years in New Mexico.  Her students were in the audience for many ACT productions.  After retirement in 2012, she became a volunteer with ACT building sets, collecting and manufacturing props and assisting with costumes as a seamstress.  Eileen loves the challenge of designing, constructing and implementing the pieces that support our young actors and help each production come to life.  You will find her backstage with the cast during our performances at the Rio Grande Theatre.

Karen Paulson - Prop/Set Design/Building

Karen has a her BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz and a background in Early Childhood Education, general carpentry and woodworking.    A former homeschool mom, community activist and nature lover.  

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Topher Lininger - Tech Booth Coordination

Topher is the current Technical Director at The Rio Grande Theatre. He has been acting and directing since 2011. He works with the local crew scene for Las Cruces and El Paso. 

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Sue Rexroth - Administrative Assistant

Sue loves the arts and working with children. She began working with ACT in 2015 when her oldest son joined the cast of "The Jungle Book". She has taught cooking classes for kids grades K-5 and is a substitute teacher. In addition to her administrative work, she loves working backstage and currently serves on ACT's Board as Secretary.