September 2018

Our Marketing Director, Hannah Brizzi, shares her thoughts on the past season and how we can make next season great:

What a season it has been! We have recently closed our 2018 season, one that I was lucky enough to be a part of. Pittsburgh never ceases to amaze me with it's incredible talent. When I showed up at the read-through for Picasso at the Lapin Agile, I was blown away by the talent around me. I hadn't done a comedy for a long time and I forgot how much fun rehearsals can be when you are just laughing constantly.

The laughs continued when I attended Ubu Roi and The Inspector General. When I read the scripts months ago, I couldn't imagine what these shows would look like up on their feet. I'm continually in admiration of our directors and creative teams and their incredible visions.

If there is one thing I realized during my time here at Throughline Theatre Company, it is how much work goes into making the shows happen. We are talking hours behind the scenes of people working late nights and weekends to get these shows up, noticed and seen. All on a volunteer basis. Yep, people might not know that we don't get paid. So that means it is just a team of very enthusiastic theater lovers that want to do everything they can to bring theater to the public. It is honestly the best kind of people to be around. I would encourage you to help us out by joining Patreon today. For as little as one fancy drink from Starbucks a month (seriously, the price of your Pumpkin Spice Latte), you can make an incredible difference for Throughline. Learn more about here: https://www.patreon.com/throughlinetheatre


Thanks for reading and supporting local art!


January 2018

January's blog post is from our Business Manager, Eric Leslie, who has been with the company since almost the very beginning:

This is going to be a little sappy, coming from the business guy. Sorry not sorry.

You can do good theatre without a lot of things. And in the eight(!) years I’ve worked with them, Throughline has done good theatre without most of them. You can get by without a lavish set, or any set at all. You don’t need expensive props, or fancy costumes. Elaborate light and sound designs are optional. (Having lights is very tough to forego, but even that is possible in a pinch, though I don’t recommend it.) Having all those things is nice! Given the option, I don’t know many people who would turn them down. But you can go without them, and still have a great show.

But you cannot, cannot do good theatre without heart. You can’t do it without enthusiasm and honesty and gratitude. Audiences know. If you’re not putting up something you believe in, something you’re excited about, something you’re eager to invite them to take part in, they’ll check out. And then you’ve spent a lot of time and energy making something that in the end, didn’t reach people, because the work isn’t enough. It’s about connections. It’s about people. You, whether you’re on the stage or behind it, need to reach the people in the seats.

I think everybody who’s done theatre has had a couple of shows (or more) where that equation doesn’t fully come together. I don’t think any company, Throughline included, can swear they’ve never fallen into that trap for a performance or even a run. But I can say that since I joined the company back in our inaugural year of 2010, enthusiasm and honesty and gratitude have never been missing from this team. I was lucky enough to be brought into the company by friends, I’ve brought in friends of my own, and I’ve made new friends that I treasure along the way; all great artists and just as importantly great people I’m lucky to know. Watching Throughline grow - in size, in capability, in prominence - for what is quickly approaching a decade has been full of proud and grateful moments, and those have often centered around the artistic quality of our shows. But for me personally, the most satisfying pride and deepest gratitude has been in seeing how many people are excited to work with us and excited to see our work. Excited to know what Throughline will do next. Excited to hear when auditions are coming around again. Excited to become or remain part of this family.

That’s the “community” part of “community theatre”, and it’s why I’ll never have a problem with that label no matter how big our organization or our stage might get. It doesn’t indicate a lack of quality, and it doesn’t tell you how much money was or wasn’t behind a show (though hey, have you considered becoming a Throughline patron over on Patreon? because we do actually still need money. Okay, sorry, business manager talking). It says that the focus is on the people; the people who make the art and the people they present it to. People who need this, who fill their nights and weekends driving their families nuts and giving up their time and their sweat because they just can’t not. I believe that’s what has always gotten Throughline’s family excited, and why folks come back. It’s why I come back. 2018 will be another year of change for this crew, and change is both exciting and scary, but I can’t wait to see where we go next and I hope you’ll all come with us - on stage, backstage, and in our seats.

Happy New Year.