Our Founder's Story

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.

Focused on the past, its impact on the present and what it holds for the future!


Sean Sears

Sean has loved every minute of the theatre in Pittsburgh since he moved to the City of Bridges! 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 very honored to be serving as Artistic Director. Sean earned his B.A. in theatre arts from Catawba College in 2004.


Ursula Asmus-Sears

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. 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.




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Lauren Connolly

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.

Liam Macik

Liam is a Pittsburgh native, who first developed his taste for Theatre as a student at Mt. Lebanon High School. He attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, from where he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, a wealth of knowledge, mediocre grades, and some great stories. Liam is a Director, Designer, Actor, and Playwright, whose play "Bastards and Fools" received the Peterson Emerging Playwright Award in 2005. Though a man of relatively few convictions, Liam believes firmly that women's clothing sizes make no sense and are the foulest form of anit-feminist propaganda, that bacon is the answer to most of life's important questions, that Technicolor looks better than reality, and that Theatre will remain alive and relevant so long as some ambitious jerks continue to trudge on in the futile attempt to create something new. Liam lives in Scott Twp with his wife, Tina, their son Ciaran, daughters Isobel and Francesca, and a cat.

Tina Cerny

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 Liam.


Brianna Tierno

Briana was raised around theatre arts and began performing at the age of 10. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and a Dance Minor from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. Some of her favorite roles she has played in Pittsburgh include Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and sister Leo in "Nunsense III A Country Western Jamboree". When not at the theatre Briana can be found walking her beagle hound, Layla with her husband Ryan and their children Gwendolyn and Gideon.

Ryan Tierno

Ryan has been was active member of the Pittsburgh theater community until moving to Florida in 2015 with his family Briana, Gwendolyn, and Gideon. Both his design work and directing have been seen on the stages at The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, South Park Theater, The McKeesport Little Theater and the CCAC South Campus Theater. His directing experience includes A Midsummer Nights Dream, And Then There Were None, The Haunting of Hill House, Moonchildren, To Burn a Witch, The Sin-Eater, and I'm not Stupid. Ryan's design work has also been seen in productions of The Music Lesson, The Cocktail Hour, Cheat Sheets, Beside Yourself, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, and Plaza Suite. In addition to his work in the theater Ryan has a number of years experience in television and film having worked as the Construction Coordinator for HGTV's Designed to Sell and as a carpenter on a number of major motion pictures including Unstoppable, Love and Other Drugs and Shelter.