Mission & Values

GLOW’s Vision

GLOW strives to be the country’s most innovative leader in the fusion of opera, operetta and musical theatre. GLOW seeks to produce nationally recognized work that is socially relevant, and serve as a unique example of utilizing theatre for social change.

GLOW’s Programming


GLOW annually provides a wide array of opera, operetta and musical theatre performances each season. GLOW’s Summer Festival features two fully produced performances and one cabaret performance. GLOW’s Raising Voices Series consists of three to five concerts or chamber operas each year. GLOW strives to partner with regional and international artists to bring diverse, innovative and challenging programming to the upstate of South Carolina.


The GLOW School of Music and Drama instills an appreciation of theatre, musical theatre and operetta within the community’s youth by offering workshops, classes and an annual summer camp to children ages 3- 18. Additionally, GLOW partners with Furman University each summer to provide both technical and performance apprenticeships to students currently enrolled with the university.


Outreach initiatives include 800+ free tickets given to organizations helping children and families deal with hardship, over 20 scholarships given to underserved children to attend the GLOW Summer Camp, benefit performances for local non-profits serving at-risk youth, Pay-What- You-Can community performances, and $5 family matinee performances.

GLOW’s Mission

Founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Christian Elser and Jenna Tamisiea, GLOW Lyric Theatre is a professional, non-profit organization whose mission is to produce fiscally responsible opera, operetta and musical theatre that is in direct response to the social and political climate of South Carolina.

GLOW’s Values


We provide audiences of all backgrounds the opportunity to participate in the arts


We use the power of the arts as a tool for promoting empathy and cultural understanding


We hold high artistic standards and produce quality programming


We maintain realistic budgets, and focus on fiscal responsibility


We seek out artists and audience members from all backgrounds, ethnicities and produce works celebrating the diversity of our community


We are committed to working with others to bring artists, patrons, organizations and communities together