ALT is staffed by a dedicated team of theatre professionals with a diverse range of training and skills. The staff collectively spends hundreds of hours per week leading a highly committed corps of volunteers in the successful creation of over a dozen theatre productions each year. Under the guidance of the ALT’s staff, volunteers perform on the stage, work behind the scenes, build stage sets, paint, sew costumes and perform numerous other duties to help maintain a successful organization.
The directors, actors and each artisan at ALT refine every production detail because their art- and their passion – is to touch each person in the audience.
Allen Shankles
Managing/Artistic Director
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Allen Shankles has been creating magic at ALT for over 35 years. He has directed literallyhundreds of shows at ALT and has managed the growth of this organization guiding it as it hasbecome one of the best and most successful theatres in the country. During his tenure, Allenhas nurtured the development of the ALT Academy and his vision was the guid- ing forcebehind the development of the ALT Adventure Space. Allen is so grateful and proud that he hasbeen able to have a wonderful life and a family while also pursuing his dreams. He and hisfabulous wife Carrie have two extraordinary daughters, Jordan and Alexa. He also has an“incredible” grandson, Reno Hart DeMezza, who turned one year old in December. Allen wishesto thank the ALT staff for its dedication and passion for the art of theatre. It is a pleasure to workwith each of you every day!
Jo Smith
Administrative Assistant
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A volunteer for over 30 years, Jo’s first role at the Little Theatre was as Hope Harcourt in the1990 production of ANYTHING GOES. She moved to Amarillo in 1990 to do the musicalTEXAS. Jo holds a BFA in Theatre from Cameron University. After many years away, she is sohappy to finally be working among the people who share her passion for theatre!! Some of herfavorite roles include Lola in the 1995 Amarillo College Summer Arts Festival production ofDAMN YANKEES, Soul Girl in the 1994 production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Multipleroles in the award winning 1995 touring production of BEEHIVE, Sheree in DIXIE SWIM CLUB(2010), Huckaby in the FANTASTICKS (2004), Ensemble in the incredible production of LESMISERABLES (2012), Sonya in VANYA, SONYA, MASHA and SPIKE and most recently asDiane in THE BIRDS and Virginia Noyes in the hilarious production of IT’S ONLY A PLAY, forwhich she received her first ALTA’s.
Jo loves sharing her love for ALT with her Academy students. She is an Academy instructorteaching grades 3-8 in various theatre classes. It brings her great joy to see the growth in thestudents in class and especially watching their lights shine on stage.
Jo is proud to share her love for theatre with her daughter Hana, who was an ALT Academystudent since she was 3 and is now a grown woman who spreads her own passion for theatre.Her husband, Kyle, is an Amarillo Firefighter. The Smith family is rounded out by their Corgis,Piper and Korki.
Jo Dunlap
Technical Director
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Gregg has been ALT’s Technical Director since 1994. Prior to that time he was an invaluable volunteer at the theatre as evidenced by two Daniel J. Schwartz Memorial Awards which are given to the year’s outstanding volunteer.
Gregg has designed and/or collaborated on set and lighting designs for dozens of shows at ALT. His set-design and lighting work has been recognized for excellence by Texas Nonprofit Theatres and the American Association of Community
Gregg’s skills have been instrumental in the successful production of ALT shows for a very long time. Gregg and his wife, Mary, have a beautiful daughter, Megg.
Jason Crespin
Academy Director
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Jason is very excited to begin his 13th season of working for ALT and his 12th season as ALT’s Academy Director. He has been volunteering with ALT since 1999 and is a proud graduate of the ALT Academy program. He graduated from WTAMU in 2006 earning a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations. He is on the Advisory Council for Panhandle PBS and is an active volunteer in the community.
Jason loves working with students of all ages and has directed or choreographed numerous Academy productions including Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, HONK!, A Christmas Carol, Into the Woods, Annie, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Little Women, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Godspell, Ramona Quimby, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Winnie the Pooh, Nancy Drew: Girl Detective, Disney’s High School Musical, Stuart Little, Shrek the Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, Children of Eden, 13, James and the Giant Peach, Bye Bye Birdie, The Little Match Girl, Tom Sawyer, Honk!, Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!, Pippi Longstocking, The Music Man, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Seussical, the Musical, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Jason has also had the pleasure of directing Legally Blonde and Little Shop of Horrors for the ALT Mainstage, choreographing for the ALT Mainstage productions of The Addams Family, A Christmas Story, Peter Pan, 9 to 5 and Footloose, for the ALT Adventure Space productions of The Full Monty, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Urinetown, as well as Disney’s High School Musical, Annie, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Back to the 80’s and Sandie Revue for Amarillo High School. This season, Jason instructs Show Stoppers Show Choir and Senior Company.
Jason has performed in over 40 productions at ALT and was most recently seen as Bob/Gunnar in Pageant Play and in the ensemble for Mamma Mia. He is most remembered for his ALTA award winning performances as Ritchie Valens in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story, Cheche’ in Anna in the Tropics, Kenickie in Grease, the Jury in Chicago, Frank Finger in It’s Only a Play and Bert in Mary Poppins. Other favorite performances include Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Melvin P. Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Guisppi in The Light in the Piazza, Carmen Ghia in The Producers, Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and Ceyx/Orpheus in Metamorphoses.
Jason has been quite busy the past few years. He was a recipient of a Funspired SWI Award for his positive impact on the community, was recognized by the National Youth Awards for Outstanding Direction for Shrek, the Musical (2014), Godspell (2016), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017), Seussical the Musical (2018) and Into the Woods (2019), won’s national contest where he was named the 2015 Ultimate Broadway Fan, was a winning contestant on anepisode of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night hosted by Jane Lynch, has helped cover the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Tony Awards, was honored in 2016 by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce as a Top 20 Under 40 award winner, was named 2016 Headliner of the Year by the Amarillo Globe News, and was featured as the Top 4 finalist in Live with Kelly’s Cohost Contest where he competed live on the show in New York City. Most recently, Jason was inducted into the WTAMU Communications Hall of Fame.
Brandon Khamphoumy
Assistant Technical Director
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After serving as our Theatre Technician for two years, Brandon has been promoted to the Assistant Technical Director position. He studied briefly as a student in Theatre Performance at WTAMU. He hopes to continue learning and gaining experience in all areas of the theatre, including performance, set building, design and even directing.
Brandon wishes to thank his mother for her love and support, Shannon Mashburn for opening the doors of theatre performance and to Allen Shankles and the rest of the ALT family for accepting, teaching and sharing their amazing talents.