Although not a native of Southern Utah, Jason (Mr. Hansen) spent most of his life amongst the red rocks of Utah’s Dixie and caught the theater bug in the shadow of Russ Saxton while attending Dixie High School in St. George. He attended Dixie College where he was actively involved in all aspects of the theater both on and off stage, earning his Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in theater and the performing arts, and received awards for Best Supporting Actor and Excellence in Technical Theater.
After Graduating from Dixie College, Jason spent two years in Estonia as a Missionary shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union and witnessed the final withdrawal of the Soviet military from that country. Once back on US soil Jason completed two bachelors degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education and Social Sciences Secondary Education and later a Masters degree in Education Administration through Southern Utah University. Jason has worked as a Teacher for over 18 years in both the private and public sectors including charter schools and Private Therapeutic Boarding Schools. Additionally, he operates a business as an independent consultant for the residential building industry.
In spite of commitments as a teacher, consultant, husband and father, Jason has found the time to perform including his favorite roles as: Javert--Les Miserables; Captain Von Trap--The Sound of Music; Frankie--Forever Plaid; Marcellus Washburn--The Music Man and functioned as the Technical Supervisor and Lead Sound Technician at Saint George Musical Theater for two years.
His amazing wife of 16 years, Amanda, and their 5 beautiful children can often be found singing and performing, hiking and camping throughout Southern Utah. Jason is exceptionally grateful to his family for their support and the opportunity to work with the awesome Teachers and Students of SPA. He looks forward to many new adventures as his family is now “back” in northern Utah and the beautiful mountains of the Wasatch Front.