ROSS TRAVIS

is a professional Actor/Creator, Bouffon, Clown and Circus Performer. He has a company called Antic in a Drain which in 2014 developed its first show The Greatest Monkey Show On Earth as Artist in Residence at the Circus Center of San Francisco. The show went on to tour the Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe Festivals in Canada where it was awarded with the inaugural Artistic Risk Award at the Vancouver Fringe and received a four star rating from Global News in Edmonton.

For three years from 2010 to 2013 Ross was an Artistic Associate with Naked Empire Bouffon Company, which is the only performance company in the United States solely dedicated to the research and performance of the obscure form of satirical physical theatre called Bouffon. In 2010 he took a Bouffon Intensive with Master Teacher Dodi DiSanto in Washington DC and went on to study the form in greater depth with Master Teacher Giovanni Fusetti in Boulder, Colorado that same year. This is where he developed what became his first solo bouffon show with Naked Empire called Apocalyptika, a satirical romp that takes a sledgehammer to the convenient stories we tell ourselves about how our world will end.  The first full-length version of Apocalyptika was performed in the International Home Theatre Festival in March of 2011 and was featured in Nicole Gluckstern’s column, The Performant, in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Ross also co-created and performed in You Killed Hamlet, or Guilty Creatures Sitting At A Play, a satire about avoiding death that won critical acclaim while touring from San Francisco to Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal. The piece was awarded the San Francisco Best of the Fringe Award, the Vancouver/Plank Magazine Talk of the Fringe Award, a nomination for Vancouver’s Georgia Straight Critic’s Pick Award, and was an Official Selection of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.

Ross is also a circus performer specializing in Chinese pole, an apparatus he studied for five years with Master Teacher Lu Yi at the Circus Center of San Francisco. In 2014 Ross toured his Chinese pole act with Circus Bella, San Francisco’s premiere one ring circus, performing in parks all over the Bay Area. He also performed with Sweet Can Circus in their holiday show Mittens and Mistletoe. In October and November of 2013 Ross had a six-week contract to perform Aerial Pole and Acrobatics in Craniatrium with Firefly Theatre and Circus, an ensemble-based circus and theatre company based in Edmonton, Canada.

Ross has worked extensively as an actor, most recently with the site specific classical theatre company We Players. He played Guildenstern and Marcellus in their critically-acclaimed production of Hamlet on Alcatraz, and various roles in the Odyssey on Alma (which was performed on a historic scow schooner boat) and the Odyssey on Angel Island (an epic, 5-hour, island-wide production). He did a 40 show school tour of Mulchini’s Kitchen, a play about recycling with the New Pickle Circus. He also played multiple roles, including The Incurable Disease, in Taylor Mac’s epic five-hour spectacle The Lily’s Revenge at the Magic Theatre. Before moving to California, Ross worked professionally in Chicago for three years for such companies as Eclipse Theatre Company and Redmoon.

Ross works as a performer for a Motion Capture Animation Studio called Mixamo and his most recent short animated film Unplugged received an Award of Merit for Animation from Best Shorts and was an Official Selection of the Google+ Film Festival. He is a Performer/Outdoors Educator with the Maritime Park Association at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco, where he teaches sailing, leadership and teamwork skills to kids. He also works as a Standardized Patient at Stanford University where he plays medical cases for students and gives them feedback on their patient rapport.

Ross was voted one of the 11 Bay Area Artists to watch in 2013 by the SF Weekly and was awarded the Titan Award for Actors from Theatre Bay area in 2012. He holds a BFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art & Design, and is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, as well as the Professional Acrobatic Program at the San Francisco Circus Center.