The very existence of Throughline Theatre Company is in and of itself something of a long shot coming in.  A majority of founding members met in college. Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina was the starting point where Tina, Sean, Liam, Briana, and Lauren all first came together, each finding their own love for and place in theatre under the guidance of the same instructors. Ursula was introduced to the group when she and Sean met doing summer outdoor drama at The Lost Colony. Lauren and Liam, being the Pittsburgh natives, gravitated back to their home town after graduation. The rest of the group came to Pittsburgh to workshop a small production of a play Liam had written, a production that turned into a sort of experiment or test run for bigger and better things. 

     The experiment was a modest but undeniable success, enough so that the thought of launching a Company of our own became a more realistic dream than it perhaps had initially seemed.  Encouraged by these initial steps, the group settled in the area on a more permanant basis.  It was here doing local theatre that the team was fortunate enough to meet Ryan, completing the seven member core. It took ten years from when the first of us first met, a large helping of stubborn resolve, and an equal portion of compromise, but we are pleased to present Throughline Theatre Company.

OUR MISSION

The mission of Throughline Theatre Company is to demonstrate the existence of common themes throughout literary history that bridge generations and bring into perspective the constancy of the human condition.  We achieve this by presenting a series of plays each season from disparate time periods, notably Classical, 20th Century, Contemporary and New works, finding a throughline that bridges generations of theatrical experience.

 

MEET THROUGHLINE THEATRE COMPANY

  SEAN SEARS
  Artistic Director
  ssears@throughlinetheatre.org

For the last 9 years, Sean has loved every minute of the theatre in Pittsburgh!  He would like to give special thanks to Throughline for allowing him the space to explore directing over numerous shows, including Antigone, The Strikelight, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, assistant director for Angels in America and casting director for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He is a founding member of Throughline and very honored to be serving as Artistic Director. Sean earned his B.A. in theatre arts from Catawba College in 2004.

 

  SARAH MCPARTLAND
  Associate Artistic Director
  smcpartland@throughlinetheatre.org

Sarah earned her undergraduate degrees in Theatre Arts and English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2012. Before joining the company, she had internships in Theatre Management at the King’s Head Theatre in London, UK, and Stage Management with Quantum Theatre in East Liberty. Along with freelance stage managing around the area, Sarah has also been a Production Assistant and an Assistant Stage Manager for various companies in the ‘burgh. Many thanks to the members of the Throughline family—here’s to wonderful productions past, and many in the future.

 

  DAVID LOEHR
  Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg
  dloehr@throughlinetheatre.org

David recently graduated from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virgina with both a Master of Letters and a Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance. As a member of Turning Glass Shakespeare, the 2014-15 M.F.A. company, he played a wide variety of roles including Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Autolycus in The Winter's Tale, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Master Yellowhammer in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside; directed a staged reading of A Woman Killed With Kindness; and served on the publicity, editorial, and festival committees. Favorite regional experiences include playing The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, playing the Barber in Man of La Mancha, and directing The Strangest Kind of Romance. David holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts (with an English minor) from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

 

  KATHERINE STIENSTRA
  Managing Director
  kstienstra@throughlinetheatre.org

Katherine graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a degree in Psychology and a related area in English Literature. She wants to see Throughline grow, adapt, and focus on original and fantastic pieces of art. She is dedicated to working in many different areas of theatre including: stage management, properties, dramaturgy, and as a stage hand. Beyond her day job, at Fischer, she volunteers her time to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as an usher. Although very busy, she can always find time for her friends, family, and health.

 

  LAUREN CONNOLLY
  Production Manager
  Accessibility Coordinator
  lconnolly@throughlinetheatre.org

When not working for the company, Lauren spends her time as the Resident Assistant Stage Manager at City Theatre Company for the rest of the year.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Catawba College in North Carolina.  Lauren loves all aspects of the theatre, especially stage management, acting and sound design.  She also enjoys music, and plays mandolin, piano and guitar.  She currently resides in Castle Shannon with her husband Chris, their son Kylan, and their dog, Benny.

 

  VANCE WEATHERLY
  Artistic Committee Member
  vweatherly@throughlinetheatre.org

Vance is excited to have become a member of the Throughline Theatre Company! He has been directing for the stage for more than half his life and acting since he was six. Favorite directingprojects include Equus, Death and the Maiden, Come back to the five and dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and The Elephant Man. He was a founding member of The Improv Thing in Greensboro North Carolina.Some of his most memorable acting roles are Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace, Schmendiman in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Levine in Glengarry Glen Ross.

 

  ERIC J LESLIE
  Business Manager
  eleslie@throughlinetheatre.org

Another Pittsburgh native, Eric's earliest theatrical adventures were shared with his friend Liam at Mt. Lebanon High School in the mid-to-late 90's. He went on to receive degrees in Computer Science and Theatre Arts from Penn State University, and has been thinking wistfully ever since of NOT using the Computer Science one for income. It's a work in progress. Favorite acting experiences at Penn State included Pygmalion (Higgins), Deathtrap (Sydney), A Few Good Men (Jessep), Equus (Dysart), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Max), All My Sons (Joe), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), and Proof (Robert). He also adapted, directed and appeared as the grandfather in The Princess Bride: A Staged Tribute. Eric took a few years off from theatre after returning to Pittsburgh in 2007, but jumped back in with both feet for Throughline's inaugural 2010 season, appearing in their productions of Lysistrata, Antigone and The Underpants, and assistant directing the latter. He signed on as business manager at the end of that year, and hasn't looked back. Eric lives in Castle Shannon.

 

  URSULA ASMUS SEARS
  Marketing Director/Graphic Designer
  uasmussears@throughlinetheatre.org

Ursula is proud to be a founding member of Throughline Theatre Company. August: Osage County, Saving the World, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot are among her favorite on stage moments with Throughline. Ursula's history in theatre includes touring the east coast with The Hampstead Stage Company and Rags To Riches Theatre for Young Audiences. She studied drama and dance at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her first acting chops at The Lost Colony on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. While at The Lost Colony, Ursula fell in love with her character's love interest; they married in 2009 on the stage where it all began. It was her husband, Sean, who introduced her to the other founding members of Throughline. She lives in Brookline with Sean and their son Rowan.

 

  MICHAEL MCBURNEY
  Director of Public Relations
  mmcburney@throughlinetheatre.org

Mike is very excited to join the rest of the company members in trying to broaden Throughline's influence and appeal (and audience size). He is also a Pittsburgh native, who holds a B.A, in Comparative Literature and a B.A. in History from Penn State, where he met Eric, and spent most of the time that he wasn’t studying in one of over thirty productions with No Refund Theatre. Despite a bit of a hiatus upon moving back to Pittsburgh, he started gettig back into theatre in 2010 with productions at Carlow University and the Summer Company at Duquesne University, including Twelve Angry Jurors, Stage Door, and Look Homeward, Angel. In the past two years, he’s been involved with six shows for Throughline and has decided a full surrender and acceptance is the best course – he looks forward to many future productions, seasons, and experiences with this incredibly talented group of people! Mike is also thrilled by the news that Grey Box will once again be home to Throughline’s productions this year, as he currently lives in nearby Bloomfield

 

  TINA MARIE CERNY
  Individual Giving and Special Events
  tcerny@throughlinetheatre.org

After getting used to the freezing Pittsburgh winters, Tina is glad to call Pittsburgh home. Being the first of this group of several Catawba College students to graduate, she received her B.A. in Theatre Arts. After which she worked at several theatres around the country, as well as touring with American Family Theatre. Some of her favorite show she has been onstage or backstage for are:Anything Goes, Into the Woods, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). She is ready to conquer this season's shows and introduce theatre to her son, Ciaran, and daughters Isobel and Francesca with her husband and Artistic Director, Liam.

 

  HANNAH BRIZZI
  Marketing Administrator
  hbrizzi@throughlinetheatre.org

Hannah Brizzi, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, has appeared in numerous productions in the Pittsburgh area. She has worked with Throughline Theatre Company, Prime Stage Theater, Poor Yorick's Players, Split Stage Productions, The Theater Factory, Pittsburgh New Works Festival and more. She has also worked in New York City at Signature Theatre and studied at Arcade Comedy Theater Academy.