Justin Robert Yorio is a founding company member, frequent actor, writer, and director, and occasional SM, photographer, and board op with Amios. He has served as Amios’ Artistic Director for two years, after three as a Co-Artistic Director. He is currently at work on his first full-length play, This Is Where You Are, Part One: I Never Said Hello So I’ll Say Goodbye, which is being developed as part of Amios’ First Draughts series, dedicated to expanding former SHOTZ! pieces into full-length scripts over the course of a six-month development process. A proud alumnus of Cornell University and the National Theatre Conservatory, his name is an anagram of, “join our story tribe.”
Lauren Miller: Directing: Happy by Liz Thaler (F*ckFest at The Brick, Amios Reading Series); How Do You Say Mother in Esperanto? by Roger Weisman (FringeNYC); Nice Guy Good Girl Asshole by J.S. Hinds and Real Life Super Hero by Sander Gusinow (‘Wright Night, The Amoralists). Produced newTACTics New Play Festival 2011-2015 and directed works by York Walker, Thomas Gibbons, Lally Katz, and Lindsay Joy. BFA University of the Arts.
Mor Cohen is an NYC based Israeli actress, musician and filmmaker. She started acting for TV as a child and never grew out of it. She got her training both in Israel and NYC and spent a lot of time traveling and filming independently in Australia, New Zealand, throughout Europe and in L.A. She is a regular cast member in Never Sleep Alone, currently producing a feature film she also wrote, and is proud to have worked with great talents such as Victor Verhaeghe, Paul Warner and Natalie Portman.
David Haan is a gargantuan quasi-Canadian art maker, problem solver and semi-competitive speller. As Technical Supervisor for Lincoln Center Education from 2010-2016, he oversaw the presentation of world-class theater, dance, and music in schools across New York City. He has been involved with Shotz since 2013 in various capacities, and loves the beauty that consistently develops in this theatrical pressure cooker. David is a graduate of Wesleyan University (2006) and the most difficult word he has spelled in competition is “uintjie” (2012).
Claire Brownell: Actor, writer and producer with Amios. Select credits: Broadway & National Tour: The 39 Steps; Off Broadway: Indian Ink; Off-off Broadway: The King’s Whore; Regional Theatre: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Gulfshore Playhouse; Television: Inside Amy Schumer, The Knick & Jessica Jones; Film: Slow Machine, The Inspector the Lady & the Thief, BFF. Claire is a member of The Actors Center and AEA. MFA from American Conservatory Theatre
Victoria Teague is a writer, actor, and administrator with a degree in theatre performance and a concentration in arts and entertainment marketing from Baylor University. She works as the marketing director, dramaturg and co-director of RAWR (Random Access Workshop Readings) with Random Access Theatre, writes for the New York Theatre Review and serves on a literary committee for Urban Stages. She also freelances for the Civilians and has worked at the Public Theater, Flavorpill, and Greyman Theatre Company.
David Jenkins is a theater-maker, writer, and artist based in Brooklyn. He has worked with Amios since 2011 as an actor, director, writer, producer and web administrator before joining the staff as Community Manager in 2016. He is also a founding member of Broken Box Mime Theater, and has performed with the company continuously since 2011, most recently in SEE REVERSE at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre in February. He has been highly active in independent theater, largely as a performer, since 2007. www.davidjenkins.net
Kia Sayyadi has been working with Amios for over three years as an actor, writer, director, producer, and sound/lighting designer. When he’s not involved in the creative arts, he works as an after-school math instructor for K-12 students and gives historical tours throughout the city.