Jenna Elser

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. 
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