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.