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Christian Elser | Executive Director

Christian co-founded Glow Lyric Theatre in 2009, and has served as its Executive Director and resident Music Director/Conductor ever since. He is also Associate Professor of Music at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where he is Voice Division Director and Director of the PC Opera/Musical Theatre.  As a baritone Christian has performed nationally with such organizations as the Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera Kansas City, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Light Opera Oklahoma, and can be heard on several commercial recordings and broadcasts.  BM (Voice) The University of Wisconsin, MM (Historical Musicology) Northwestern University, DMA (Voice) The University of Kansas.


Jenna Tamisiea  | Artistic Director

Co-founder and artistic director of Glow Lyric Theatre, Jenna Tamisiea is a versatile actress and stage director in both straight and musical theatre, and is Director of the Converse Opera Theatre at Converse College. She has performed and directed with companies across the South and Southeast, including The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Light Opera Oklahoma, Centre Stage South Carolina, The Arkansas Art Center Children’s Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare, and Atlanta’s Synchronicity Performance Group, Aurora Theatre, Legacy Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse and Seven Stages Theatre. BFA (Acting) The University of Tulsa, MFA (Directing) Florida State University.



Jeff Levene | Marketing Director/ Artistic Associate

A Furman Graduate and long term local to the Upstate, Jeff has worked with a variety of theatres and production companies in both North and South Carolina, including Centre Stage Theatre SC and Creative Network Studios of Charlotte NC. He has acted in, produced, marketed and stage manage shows, concerts, cabarets and online web series. Also an avid writer, Jeff reviews shows for Carolina Curtain Call, and occasionally collaborates on scripts for both screen and stage.


Ashley King | Education Director

Ashley King coordinates all of Glow’s educational activities, events and camps. In addition to serving as Education Director, Ashley has performed with Glow in numerous productions since 2008. As a soprano she has also performed with the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Greenville Chorale, Fountain Inn Chorale, and Spartanburg Repertory Company. Ashley is also the Director of Fine Arts at Shannon Forest Christian School. BM (Voice) University of Georgia, MM (Music Ed) Converse College.


2017-18 Board of Directors

President: Mr. Gene Conroy
Program Manager, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

Vice President: Ms. Tammy Moore
Business Development Director/Consultant

Treasurer: Dr. Kevin Kirtley
Manager, General Electric Corp.

Secretary: Ms. Jenna Tamisiea
Lecturer of Music /Director Converse Opera Theatre, Converse College, Artistic Director, Glow Lyric Theatre, Freelance Stage Director

Mr. Craig Ayliffe
Merchant Director, Trader Joe’s Inc.

Mr. Steve Compton
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in private practice

Mr. Ted Gentry
Attorney, Wyche Law Firm

Ms. Ashley King
Director of Fine Arts Programs, Shannon Forrest School, Director of Education, Glow Lyric Theatre