Glenn Hetrick, Star Trek: Discovery's creature and makeup effects designer, was raised in Hellertown, PA. His proclivity for horror films, particularly those of the Universal and Hammer Studios variety, and sci-fi/fantasy, imbued him with a ravenous appetite for all things genre-related. This passion compelled him to work on various theater projects as both actor and fledgling make-up artist throughout junior and senior high school. As an undergrad at York College of Pa., he landed his first acting role in an independent feature, which happened to be a horror film. He moved quickly to secure the special effects makeup artist position as well, and began creating the multitudinous gags on his first film with a shoestring budget.

Soon, Hetrick was working on an array of projects: sculpting masks for Halloween companies and collaborating with world-renowned musical acts such as the Misfits. Upon arriving in Hollywood, he found his first foothold at Optic Nerve Studios as a lab technician, fabricator, painter and eventually sculptor and designer. After working for years on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and The X-files among others, he became CEO of the company. He partnered with longtime friend and collaborator Neville Page to evolve the shop even further into the newly renamed Alchemy Studios. He personally supervises every effect for his studio’s many projects and still applies many of the makeups. Simultaneous to his work as an FX artist, he continues to pursue producing his own horror projects and starred for many years on Syfy's long-running Face-Off!