Amios is a cooperative whose mission is to build community through art by constantly generating work that responds in real time to the world we inhabit.


Amios, which is an acronym for, “art and music in our souls,” was founded on November 9th, 2009 by Christian Haines (AD), Rob Hille (Associate AD), and Melissa Haines (Associate AD), graduates of the National Theater Conservatory in Denver, CO, with the stated goal of constantly creating new work which “engages the artists in a process that is immediate, inspired, personal, and organic.”

Christian recruited alumni from the NTC to participate in SHOTZ! Originally a fundraiser for conservatory classes (inspired by Steven Tannenbaum’s Project 30), SHOTZ! was first performed in New York once a month, with no tech, in bars and apartments, under the auspices of s12e. Under Amios, this monthly short play festival has grown to two fully-produced performances each month in the 99-seat Kraine Theater on East 4th Street.

Amios has also produced 18 one-acts created in the manner of SHOTZ!, as well as five full-length readings (with four currently in development as part of our First Draughts series), and two full-length productions, In the Meantime, and There’s a Light on Yonder Mountain.

In 2012, Christian and Melissa moved back to San Francisco, where they founded AmiosWest, and serve, respectively, as its Artistic Director and Producing Artistic Director. SHOTZ! outposts have also been established in Boston (2012) and Los Angeles (2015). Since 2012, AmiosNYC has found stewards in Artistic Directors Emeritus Rob Hille, Michael Fulvio, Jenna Panther, and SHOTZ! Program Director Emeritus Franny Civitano. Justin Robert Yorio began his current tenure as Artistic Director in 2014. The current Amios staff has assembled over the course of the past two years.