Meet Our Staff
Bret Hughes - Fine Arts Coordinator and Eccles Center Director
Highly regarded as a leading educator, Bret has served in various capacities at Park City School District (Utah) since 2008. His primary role was as a secondary instrumental music teacher with a primary focus in percussion from 2008-2023. During his tenure, PCHS percussion ensembles performed at the 2015 Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival (Music for All), National School Boards Association and Utah Music Educators Conference. The Park City Percussion Program was also named the large ensemble state champion at the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 Utah Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion and presented Showcase Concerts at the 2015 and 2017 Utah PAS Day of Percussion. In addition, the marching band was a featured group in performances at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (2016) and in Normandy, France (2019).
Beyond education, Hughes works professionally as a musician (Utah Symphony, Pioneer Theater Company and more); and as a freelance production engineer where he specializes in live multi-camera IMAG (image magnification). He also has experience in sound design and operation, as well general touring practices for live production. Hughes is also committed to serving his professional communities through active membership and leadership service to the Utah Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. In addition, he was recognized in School Band and Orchestra magazine’s ‘50 Directors Who Make a Difference’ in 2014.
Hughes received his Master of Music Performance from the University of Utah in 2019, and a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Wyoming in 2008. Bret lives in Heber City, UT with his wife, Laura, and their children, Evelyn and Will.
Jason Jensen - Technical Specialist
AKA JJ to the students, has worked at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts since 2015.
Jason was born in Provo, UT and grew up on a ranch on the Utah/Nevada border. He was home schooled up to 8th grade, at which time he attended a private christian school in the small community of EskDale, UT. He received his GED in 1999 before enrolling at Snow College. He later went on to study Technical Theatre at Utah Valley University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012.
When he is not working behind the scenes at the Eccles Center or at nearby concert, you may find him spreading Christmas cheer as Little St Nick.
Bob Hunt - Technical Specialist Assistant
I have loved theatre since acting on my high school stage many years ago. Initially, I suspect that most of my love for theatre came from the adrenaline rush that resulted from overcoming my fears of performing for an audience. However, as I became more comfortable on the stage in my college years, I found that the adrenaline rush that I received from performing was not as strong as it used to be. Around this same time, I discovered that helping others to find their voices and perform gave me a deeper sense of satisfaction than my own performances, so I decided to teach theatre. After teaching in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming for 25 years and directing around 70 productions, the strong sense of satisfaction and pride that I get after seeing students succeed has never faded, so I am confident that I made the right decision. I always strive to keep growing my own knowledge as an artist, so over the years, I have earned an MA in theatre production from Central Washington University as well as an MFA in directing from the University of Idaho; however, I believe that collaborating with students and other artists in order to create theatre has taught me more about the art than any of my formal education. I look forward to collaborating with new teams of artists at the Eccles Center and continuing to expand my own knowledge.
Outside of theatre, I enjoy spending time with my wife and my two grown sons. Additionally, I enjoy traveling, spending time in the mountains, and practicing martial arts.