is an award winning Actor/Creator, Bouffon, Physical Comedian and Circus Performer who has studied with world renowned master pedagogues including Stephen Buescher, Dodi DiSanto, Giovanni Fusetti, Ronlin Foreman and Master Lu Yi. Ross’ lineage of training and experience allows him to create provocative performances that combine circus and bouffon to develop extreme characters and tell stories from the fringes, igniting dialogue and change that focus on ignored or taboo social issues.
Ross has a company called Antic in a Drain, which since 2014 has developed two shows available for booking. The Greatest Monkey Show On Earth follows an alcoholic circus animal trainer and her cheeky chimpanzee as they perform a touching and delightful variety show, until primal nature sets in. The show’s world premiere was as Artist in Residence at the Circus Center of San Francisco; since then it has toured to the Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe Festivals in Canada where it was awarded the inaugural Artistic Risk Award at the Vancouver Fringe and received a four out of five star rating from Global News in Edmonton. The most recent production of the show in 2016 as Artist in Residence at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland was nominated for two Theatre Bay Area Awards for Makeup and Costuming and won for Costuming.
Antic in a Drain’s other show, Bucko: Whaleman! shanghai’s the audience aboard a whaling vessel with a megalomaniac captain hell bent on getting a record haul of whale oil unlike any ever seen before no matter what the cost. Bucko premiered on Hyde Street Pier at San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park in 2017.
Ross has also brought his vision for performance to outside projects. He has developed and performed multiple works with Kinetic Arts Productions including Salvage (2016), Inversion: Circus Disobedience (2017) and Circus Veritas (2018). These productions combined circus and bouffon to explore the apocalypse, social revolution, and America’s cultish addiction to lies and “fake news” respectively. Inversion was nominated for five Theatre Bay Area Awards, including Outstanding World Premiere of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Play and Outstanding Ensemble of a Play.
As a circus performer, Ross’ specialties are as a Chinese Pole Artist, Ringmaster and Character Artist. He has toured two seasons with Circus Bella, San Francisco’s premiere one-ring circus and has created and performed three shows with Firefly Theatre and Circus in Edmonton, Canada including Craniatrium (2014), Panache (2017) and Panache Part Deux (2018). Ross has been the Ringmaster and Chinese pole artist for Flynn Creek Circus for three seasons. Ross has also performed with Sweet Can Circus in their holiday show Mittens and Mistletoe, Velocity Circus, Earth Circus, Vau de Vire Society and Le Cirque Boheme.
From 2010 to 2013 Ross was an Artistic Associate with Naked Empire Bouffon Company, the only performance company in the United States 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. 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 satirical funhouse mirror skewering the ways in which Western society avoids death. The show 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 has worked extensively 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, five-hour, island-wide production).
Ross’ other credits include a 40-show school tour of Mulchini’s Kitchen, a play about recycling with the New Pickle Circus, and multiple roles, including The Incurable Disease, in Taylor Mac’s epic five-hour spectacle The Lily’s Revenge at the Magic Theatre.
Ross works as a Motion Capture Performer 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.
Ross was voted one of the 11 Bay Area Artists to watch in 2013 by the SF Weekly and received the Titan Award for Actors from Theatre Bay Area in 2012. Before moving to California, Ross acted professionally in Chicago for three years for companies such as Eclipse Theatre Company and Redmoon. 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.