Executive Producer and Artistic Director
Jim Covault, Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Artistic Director of Orchard Theatre of Texas has been a theatre producer, director, actor, and designer in the North Texas area for over thirty-five years.
He has directed over 100 plays, both classical and contemporary, including Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sueño, The Real Thing, Candida, Misalliance, The Clean House, Gabriel, Cabaret, She Loves Me, and Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Orlando.
As an actor, Covault has appeared as Jeeves in several adaptations of the P.G. Wodehouse stories, along with roles in Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Travels With My Aunt, I Hear the Rolling Thunder, The Weir, Major Barbara, St. Nicholas, New Jerusalem, and An Iliad.
He has designed sets for Taming of the Shrew, Bad Jews, Orlando, The Clean House, New Jerusalem, and many others.
Covault has spent most of his career at Stage West in Fort Worth, where he was Artistic Director and Co-Producer. In addition to administrative duties, acting, and directing, his other responsibilities at Stage West included marketing and graphic design. He has also directed for Shakespeare in the Park, and served as a guest director at Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University. His productions have won numerous awards from the Dallas-Fort-Worth Critics Forum, and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County. He is a member of The Unites States Institute for Theatre Technology and Theatre Communications Group.