George was born on October 11, 1936, in Dallas, Texas to George Wendell Sorensen, Jr. and Georgia Louise Hefner. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Education from Baylor University in 1957, a Master of Arts in Speech and Drama from University of Colorado, Boulder in 1966, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Speech and Dramatic Arts from University of Missouri – Columbia in 1976. He continued post-doctorate education at the Warnborough College in Oxford England in 1987.
He taught secondary school in Lubbock, Texas and Abilene, Texas; Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2001. Throughout his career he worked with actors across the country as guest a director of various theatre companies.
Throughout his career, George directed over 100 plays and explored how the art of theatre influenced and impacted society – its norms, its relationships, and its influence on the future. He was recognized by various organizations with numerous honors and awards. He held many offices and positions with state and regional theatre groups – developing actors and teachers that are still impacting the arts and education community today.
George was passionate about teaching and developing future actors, teachers, and dreamers willing to take chances and make bold choices. Some of his greatest performances, however, were in his home and included his beloved granddaughter, Elisabeth.
He was a member of Broadway Church of Christ, South Plains Church of Christ, and Monterey Church of Christ all in Lubbock, Texas.
He was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth Nell Sorensen in 2016. He is survived by his son, Jon and his caring wife Sarah; and his dear granddaughter, Elisabeth, all of Lubbock.
A celebration of life memorial service and master class will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd, Lubbock, TX 79424. He will be remembered as a Christian, Husband, Father, Papa, and Educator. A tribute of George’s life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st Street, Lubbock, Texas 79410 or Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance, 2812 18th, Lubbock, Texas 79410, in honor of George Sorensen.