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. As a baritone he 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 opera and song recordings by Cedille, Naxos and Centaur Records. Christian is also 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. Christian holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Kansas.
Jenna Tamisiea | Artistic Director
Co-founder and artistic director of Glow Lyric Theatre, Jenna Tamisiea Elser 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.
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.
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. Jessica Adkins
Grant Writer, Clemson University
Ms. Jenna Tamsieia
Artistic Director, Glow Lyric Theatre
Mr. Paul Hyde
Mr. Shane Farmer
President, Upstate Pride
Ms. Ashley King
Director of Fine Arts Programs, Shannon Forrest School, Director of Education, Glow Lyric Theatre
Ms. Deborah Strange
Director, Carolina Music Museum
Mr. Steven Green