Yura (Yury Ruzhyev / Юра Ружьёв) ..a recovering Russian!
Theatre and acting at Shukin Theatre School, (2008)
Clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris (2016)
Mask and clown Manitoulin Conservatory for the Performing Arts (2017)
MBA in Marketing & Economics from Moscow University (2001)
Yura’s one-man impersonations show "Viva Cabaret" - tribute to the greatest divas has been entertaining audiences for over 15 years.
Featuring over 75 grotesque parodies of the most popular stars of screen and stage.
Yura has been hosting & performing in shows, festival, and cabarets all around the world including Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Montreal, Toronto, and New York.
In 2014 Yura created and produced “Komunka” - a play about civil rights in Russia.
2015 brought a theatre project - “In The Dark” - exploration of personal taboos and sexual liberties.
In 2017 he co-produced and played in “In Sundry Languages" a multilingual play presented at Toronto Fringe.
Ooh La La show premiered in 2019.
"No Elephant Show” Yura has debuted with a solo clown project at Montreal, Toronto, and Milan Clown Festivals, 2017 - 2018
Education & Training
Clown & Theatre. Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Etampes, France, 2017
Clown & Mask. Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance, 2016
Acting. Theatre (BFA). Shukin Theatre School, Moscow, 2008
Clown. John Turner, Phillip Gaulier, Sonia Norris, Allan Turner, Adèll Nodé-Langlois
Masks and Clown with Sonia Norris, 2014-2016
Bouffon. Adam Lazarus and Dean Gilmour, 2012 -2016
Aerial Hoop. Zero Gravity Circus, 2014-2017
Acting. Belarus Free Theatre, Volcano Conservatory, 2014-2017
Voice and Accents with Joy Juckles, John Fleming, Art Babayants
Directing in the Performing Arts. Humber College, 2015
Directing. Alberto Fortuzzi (Italy), Joel Ivany, Perry Rosemond, Ross Manson
Academic English. University of Toronto, 2014
Camera and Lights. Liaison Independent Filmmakers of Toronto , 2012
Marketing & Economics (MBA). Moscow University, Moscow, 2001
Hair light brown
Weight 75kg (165lb)
Height 178cm (5’10ft)
Ooh La La show - clown cabaret, 2019
Red Nose Cabaret, played a clown act MAY, 2019
Niagara FallsView Casino Halloween show, 2017, 2018
Revolutions International Theatre Festival, New Mexico, 2018
Toronto Festival of Clowns, Canada, 2017
Milano Clown Festival, Italy, 2017
SheinBar & Cookabura variety shows, Berlin, 2016
Travise Theatre, Paris, France, 2016
Montreal Clown Festival, Canada, 2016
Scarborough Film Festival, performed close up magic, 2016
Body Break 6.0 Theatre Passe Muraille, 2016
Created a clown & aerial act.
Clown Cabaret, Montreal, Wiggle Room, 2016
Performed a magic show at Scarborough Arts, 2016
Performed a clown act at Contemporary Circus Festival Toronto, '15
Hosted Canada Day at Square One, Mississauga. ZGC, 2015
Hosted Pan Am Games, Harbourfront, Toronto, 2015
Hosted Toronto International Circus Festival. Harbourfront, 2015
Zero Gravity Circus, clown and acrobatics acts, 2014-2017