Our Instructors


Tyler Sparks An Abilene native, Tyler has lived here for 26 years. He holds a BA in History and a Master of Divinity, both from ACU. In addition to working as a staff member in ACU’s School of Nursing, he also works as a substitute teacher for the Abilene Independent School District.

Tyler has been active at ACT for several years, working as a crew member backstage for a number of productions, volunteering at CTE for the last two semesters, and having been most recently seen onstage in Deadwood Dick and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In ACT’s Night of One Acts, Tyler was seen in Superhero Support Group in addition to directing The Philadelphia. On other stages, performance credits include: The Totalitarians, Agamemnon, and Dog Sees God with ALT, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with both Untamed Things and Waco Warp, and Arsenic and Old Lace with the Clyde Center for Performing Arts. Tyler currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abilene Live Theatre and Secretary of the Board of Directors for ACT. 


Lorrie Renfro is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and holds a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Tarleton State University.  Lorrie has 19 years of experience as a teacher and administrator.  She has taught both High School and Middle School English and Theatre, and served for four years as the Principal of a Performing Arts Charter School in Fort Worth.  Lorrie currently teaches Theatre, At Risk programs, and is the UIL Coordinator for Craig Middle School in Abilene.

Mrs. Renfro has produced, directed, stage managed, worked in technical roles, and acted in over 100 plays and musicals. Among her most memorable roles are Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Miss Hannigan in Annie, and Miss Sherman in Fame. Lorrie was seen in ACT’s God’s Favorite and is an active member of ACT’s volunteer corps, ACTivators.

Lorrie’s husband, Tim, is a Physics Professor at McMurry University.  They are the proud parents of two adorable dogs, Sassy and Jack.  Tim and Lorrie are members of the Highland Church of Christ.  Lorrie is a devoted San Antonio Spurs fan and could die happily if she ever had an opportunity to meet Tim Duncan.

Lorrie is thrilled to be a part of the CTE family!  Her passion for theatre is infectious and she is eager to foster student’s self-confidence and skills though the art of theatre.


The mission of ACT's Center for Theatre Education is to create a safe, inviting environment where individuals of all ages and backgrounds can grow in self-confidence and creativity while feeling free to experience, learn about, and nurture a love and respect for all elements of theatre.


CTE Committee
Lorrie Renfro
Ginger Vinson
Tyler Sparks
Susan Lowell
mike stephens
Sherry Martin


The CTE hopes to make this experience available to all socio-econmic levels and all traditionally underserved populations of the Big Country.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about how you can help provide scholarship opportunities for future students. 


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