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DeBryant Johnson (Rock Opera): Anderson (SC) University Alum. Recent roles include I Feel Good: A Trip to Motown (DB), Dreamgirls (CC), Choir Boy (AJ), and Lend Me a Tenor (Max). Aside from working on his music, he’s a spontaneous traveler and binger of all things Marvel! Thrilled to be making his Glow debut this season!

Janelle Odom (Rock Opera) is a recent graduate of the illustrious, Howard University where she received herBachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Janelle is thrilled to be making her Glow debut this season. She will attend Savannah College of Art & Design for Graduate School in the Fall. She was  last seen in the DC theatre scene working with Theatre Alliance and Roundhouse Theatre and is excited to make a reappearance in Greenville after four years. She would like to thank her family, friends, and professors for aiding her in a successful post-grad transition and supporting all of her artistic endeavors!

Megan Hannon (Rock Opera) has always been a creative and artistic individual. She started dancing at age three, and attended the Fine Arts Center studying under Jan Woodward after moving to Greenville. Megan graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in dance performance and choreography. While in school, Megan performed in several works, choreographed her own, and collaborated with different artists. Being a visual artist herself, Megan jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with painters, graphic designers, musicians, and more. Since living in Greenville SC the past 4 years, she has continued to teach and present her work in both performing and visual arts. She has been a part of creating murals around the city and sells her work online and at different art shows around town. Currently, Megan is actively involved as a contemporary and ballet instructor at International Ballet,  Vaughn Newman Dance and Starmakers. She is an oil, acrylic and mixed media artist and instructor and founded DiVERGENT, a student choreography intensive that started in 2019 under her brand Mena B. Arts. Megan continues to uplift and inspire others with her passion for art and dance, and is always excited to create and share with those around her.  This season marks Megan’s Glow debut!

Javy Pagan (Rock Opera) Past favorite roles: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey 2), Dreamgirls (Jerry Norman), Showstoppers: An Evening of Broadway Hits (Vocalist/Co-Director), Rockin’ The Keys: Vocalist, and Rock N’ Roll Gold: Vocalist(Centre Stage), In The Heights: Piragua Guy (Glow Lyric Theatre), Hairspray: Mr. Pinky, Les Miserables: Bahorel, All Shook Up: Ensemble(Greenville Theatre) and The Wizard of Oz: Ensemble, Robin Hood: Ensemble/Little John Understudy and Sherlock Holmes and the Final Adventure: Baker Street Irregular with Glendale Centre Theatre, Los Angeles, California. Javy counts himself lucky to spend his days at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate as the Programs Manager alongside an incredibly talented staff, and is thrilled to be in this dream of a cast. Love and thanks to Avery, Mom and Dad for your never-ending support!
DeAna Earl (Rock Opera) is thrilled to be making her GLOW debut with Rock Opera! She has spent the last 12 years performing here in Greenville, playing various roles such as “Diana” in Lend Me A Tenor, “Mary Sunshine” in CHICAGO,“Morticia” in The Addams Family, and “Judy” in 9 to 5. She
has performed in several shows at Flat Rock Playhouse in NC, and she also spent a year traveling the world as a lead singer on a Royal Caribbean ship, the Azamara Quest. *DeAna is a two-time SCNATS winner in Advanced Musical Theatre, and she also won one of the “Seth Sing-Off Series” competitions during covid, getting the chance to sing for both Seth Rudetsky and Ana Gasteyer. DeAna started out as a classically trained singer, and then continued her contemporary music training at Shenandoah University where she became a certified teacher of Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method ™. She continues to use this method to coach both singers and actors in her private studio. After Rock Opera closes, DeAna can’t wait to join The Proud Mary Theatre Company as “Trina” in Falsettos! *“So much love to this phenomenal cast and crew, and endless thanks to Christian and Jenna for this incredible opportunity to return to the stage!” #GlowOn

Hugo Vera (Rock Opera/Passione) is delighted to be returning to Glow. Recent/Favorite credits include Carmen with Glow Lyric Theatre, Madama Butterfly with the Indianapolis Opera, Riders of the Purple Sage (World Premiere) with Arizona Opera, Verdi Requiem with Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and True Concord Ensemble and Orchestra, Tales of Hoffman, Minnesota Opera, Aida, Opera Memphis, The Flying Dutchman with Kansas City Civic Opera, Il trovatore, The Metropolitan Opera and Tosca with Opera Argentario (Italy). He also recently presented recitals as Artist in Residence at Tabor College, University of Arizona and the Lied Center of Kansas. Upcoming: Götterdämmerung with Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is Artistic Director of the Vocal Academy of Orvieto (Italy) and Executive Director of Lawrence Opera Theatre (Kansas). More atwww.facebook.com/hugoveratenor

Marina Harris (Rock Opera, Passione). Heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “knockout combination of vocal power and expressive eloquence”, soprano Marina Harris is quickly establishing herself as a talent to watch. An alumna of the prestigious Adler Fellowship program at the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Harris’ appearances with the company included four world premiere operas; Nolan Gasser’s The Secret Garden (in the role of Susan Sowerby), Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (Tamar/Girl/Seeker), Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne (Maid), Jack Perla’s Love/Hate (Samantha), and covering numerous leading roles, most notably the role of Elsa in Lohengrin. Marina has also joined the roster of the Los Angeles Opera to cover the verismo roles of Nedda in Pagliacci and the title role in Madama Butterfly. She has made leading role debuts with Opera Idaho (Tatiana in Eugene Onegin), Pacific Opera Project (title role in Ariadne auf Naxos) and the Southern Illinois Music Festival (Mathilde in Guillaume Tell). Ms. Harris’ international credits include the Festival der jugend Stimmen in Switzerland and as a guest performer with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. In 2015, Ms. Harris was awarded the Dorothea-Glatt-Förderpreis in the triennial International Wagnerstimmen Competition, securing her place as one of the top singers of Wagnerian repertoire worldwide. Marina has won numerous other awards for her performances of the Wagnerian repertoire, including the 2015 George London Vienna Prize and the George London-Leonie Rysanek Award in 2014, and the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s Vocal Competition in both 2015 and 2017. Ms. Harris resides in Long Beach, California

Zachary Wilde (Rock Opera) is originally from Asheville, NC but has spent the last several years in Nashville. He just graduated from Austin Peay State University with a degree in Musical Theatre after originally pursuing a Vocal Jazz degree for three years. He’s a massive Judy Garland fan and also enjoys watching stand up comedy in his free time! Zack is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Glow’s season and hopes this experience will bring you the joy & healing we all deserve!

Jenna Elser (The Jenna & Christian Show). Jenna’s focus as a Stage Director is on utilizing lyric theatre to enact social change.  Along with serving as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Glow Lyric Theatre, she is also a traveling freelance director throughout the Southeast. Recent Directing Credits include: Ella Enchanted (Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre) Spring Awakening (The Warehouse Theatre) Guys and Dolls (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), Peter Grimes (Northern Arizona University) Summer and Smoke (Converse Opera Theatre) and Hands on a Hardbody (Guilford Arts Collective). Jenna even had her first Zoom directing experiences this year with Proud Mary Theatre Company’s The P*ssy Grabber Plays and Trustus Theatre’s Not Until I Say So. Some of Jenna’s original devised work includes Armed (Glow Lyric Theatre), which reflects on gun violence in the US, and Pulse (AnamCara Theatre), a piece responding to the Orlando mass shooting. Jenna was recently named a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Directing for her productions of The Hot Mikado and West Side Story. She is also a recipient of the Robert Porterfield Directing Award, a finalist for the Drama League New Musicals Fellowship and was chosen for the 2021 Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership Program. She holds an MFA in Directing from Florida State University. 

Christian Elser (Jenna & Christian Show) is the co-founder of Glow Lyric Theatre and Executive Director/Resident Music Director.  Christian has performed roles nationally with such organizations as the Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera Kansas City, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Light Opera Oklahoma. He can also be heard on several commercial opera and song recordings by Cedille, Naxos and Centaur Records. Additionally, he serves as  Professor of Music at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where he is Voice Division Director, Director of Choral Activities, and Director of the PC Opera/Musical Theatre program. DMA (Voice) The University of Kansas, MM (Musicology) Northwestern University, BM (Voice) The University of Wisconsin.

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