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.
Leigh Miller | Development Director
Leigh joins Glow as the lyric theatre’s first Development Director, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in development for both corporate and non-profit sectors throughout South Carolina and a passion for community involvement and the arts. Her community activities include involvement with TedX Greenville, Centre Stage, and numerous music events and festivals. “What has captivated me about GLOW since its inception is the fusion of opera, operetta, and musical theatre,” she says. “I’m looking forward to working with the GLOW team and artists to help GLOW grow as Greenville grows.”
Jeff Levene | Artistic Associate/Box Office Manager
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. His involvement in these ventures has ranged from acting on stage to helping produce, market, and stage manage anything form shows and concerts, to 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. In his free time he also enjoys creating and recording music with his brother.
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