Our newest Throughline Company member, Jalina McClarin, fills us in on how she got involved in theatre:
Growing up, I never had a lightbulb moment when I realized, “I want to be involved in theatre!” I never saw any plays outside of the ones put on in school, but I also never considered missing an audition. Acting in school plays was a given, but never a passion. During college though, I fell in love with theatre, but I didn’t (and still don’t!) have any educational background to support my interest, so it took me a couple years after graduating to work up the gumption to audition elsewhere. Last summer, when I finally managed to power through that fear, I auditioned for and was cast in Throughline’s production of Cloud 9. This show zapped me into a perspective shift. Theatre was no longer just something I participated in for social fun; it was very quickly becoming the most fulfilling part of my life.
Since last summer, I’ve been on that high. Pittsburgh is so saturated with opportunities to get
involved, and I’m genuinely still taken aback by how warm and accepting the community is. Throughline, for example, has not only accepted me back for a second show (The Inspector General, opening August 10th), but has welcomed me onto their Artistic Committee as the Volunteer Coordinator. Thanks to Throughline, I have the ability to contribute to the community not only as an actor, but as one of the people who helps Make It Happen.
I’m just… so thankful, and I want anyone who might be a little afraid to get involved to know that there’s honestly nothing stopping you. There’s so much theatre happening in Pittsburgh, and at Throughline specifically, that there’s room for you. You will be welcomed, I know it.
P.S. -- I honestly did not intend for this blog to end up a sappy pile of “oh my goodness, thank you!” and “you can do it!” but I guess when I think about theatre right now, that’s what comes out.