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.


Sean Sears

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 AntigoneThe StrikelightThe 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.



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

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Tina Cerny

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Brianna Tierno

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Ryan Tierno

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