Yura (Yury Ruzhyev / Юра Ружьёв)

A multidisciplinary performer in film, theatre, and circus. Originally from Moscow now living and working in Canada.

Clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris (2016)

Mask and clown Manitoulin Conservatory for the Performing Arts (2017)

Theatre and acting at Boris Shukin Theatre School, affiliated with Vakhtangov Theatre (2008)

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 2017 Ruzhyev co-produced, co-created and performed in “In Sundry Languages" a multilingual play presented at Toronto Fringe.

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.

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

"Scraps" a circus clown cabaret extravaganza opened at Revolutions Theatre Festival in NM, USA in 2018.

Education & Training

Stand Up. The Second City, Toronto, 2018

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

Eyes         green

Weight     75kg (165lb)

Height     178cm (5’10ft)

Circus Credits

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

Circus Sessions Harbourfront, Toronto, 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

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