Allen Shankles

Allen Shankles was the Managing/Artistic Director at Amarillo Little Theatre for 38 years. He poured his passion for theatre into ALT, directing hundreds of shows. From the beginning of his tenure to the present day, Allen transformed ALT into “The Place to Be!” He developed several programs within ALT, including the ALT Academy and the ALT Adventure Space. Through his dedicated service, Allen helped make ALT into the leading community theatre in the country. He adored the ALT community and went above and beyond to foster a love for the arts and theatre in Amarillo. He will be dearly missed by all.

Allen contributed to the theatre community in Amarillo in more ways than one. He was a Theatre Peer Review Panelist for the Texas Commission of the Arts, the board of Texas Nonprofit Theatres, and the American Association of Community Theatres. He was deeply revered by the theatre community, having been inducted into the Branding Iron Theatre’s “Hall of Fame” and was honored as Amarillo Globe-News’ “Man of the Year” in 2016.

Outside of his commitment to the ALT family, Allen had a very fulfilling personal life. He was married to his wife, Carrie, and had two extraordinary daughters, Jordan and Alexa. Later on, Allen and Carrie became grandparents to Reno, his grandson.