hal evans, Executive/Artistic Director
As founder and director of Troupe d’ Jour, hal serves over 60,000 students and teachers per academic year. Troupe d’ Jour brings curricula to life through interactive performances and workshops, including professional development training in cross-curricular arts integration.
This work began with storytelling and interactive Shakespeare presentations in Beaumont ISD in the mid-1990s, and since has earned acclaim of educators across the USA and the globe, as well as a place for hal on the Artist-in-Education rosters for for Texas, Arkansas, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
hal’s professional experience includes roles in a dozen films and TV shows, appearances in more than 120 commercials, and 150+ plays directed. He founded Midsummer Shakespeare Company (1995), Houston Shakespeare Project (2002), Speed Theater and Intrepid Fringe (2007). Thousands of actors have furthered their training with these programs.
In the Shakespeare’s Globe Centre Project 1999, hal studied with Louis Fantasia, Mark Rylance, Nesta Jones, Kathryn Hunter and others in London. Many of the techniques employed in his teaching have grown from that experience. hal now resides in Cypress, TX, with his wife and step-son.
Tracy Elizabeth Hults, Managing Director
Tracy began training and working professionally as actor and director in 2007, joining Troupe d’ Jour and co-founding
Intrepid Fringe. She has received notice and acclaim for her portrayals of Lady Macbeth (Macbeth, 2008), Regan
(King Lear, 2010), and Mark Antony (Julius Caesar, 2016).
Prior to Troupe d’ Jour, Tracy found success in Lean Manufacturing with Mooney Airplane Company. While in the US Navy, Tracy served in Bangor, WA, as a legal assistant in the JAG Corps.
After 9/11, she protected our nuclear sub base as gunner-on-watch in the Auxiliary Security Force, earning commendations for her expert marksmanship (sniper grade). She played free safety for the Houston Power professional women’s team in the Women’s Football Alliance (often called the ‘women’s NFL’).
As an Artist-In-Education (Mid-America Arts Alliance, Arkansas Arts Council), Tracy has worked with more than 400,000 students and educators since 2008 across the USA and UK. She specializes in demonstrating arts integration techniques in classrooms, then handing these practices over to classroom teachers in easy, effective ways.
She resides in Cypress, TX, with her son, Tyler, and her husband.