About In Jest
In Jest was co-founded by Andrew Sears Barden (12/18/72 – 10/8/17) and Nels Ross Cremean in 1992, and incorporated as In Jest, Inc. in 2000. Working solo and with others, Nels provides entertainment and entertrainment to help people live, laugh, love, and learn… All “in jest,” or in fun!
In Jest is also working on projects to promote play, purpose, and productivity (see |). Feel free to follow @InJestInc and @NelsRoss on Insta-Link-You-Twit-Face-Etc for developments. (Links below, in footer.)
About Nels Ross
Nels Ross, MEd PHD VA GF, is Chief Executive Oddball of In Jest, Inc.. He works solo and with other performers and presenters to help people live, laugh, love, and learn with more zest (and less stress).
His background includes: studying mathematics, theater, and education; touring with a nonprofit circus; training with instructors from Broadway and Cirque du Soleil; collaborating with world-class performers and presenters; teaching juggling/life workshops and courses; and performing and speaking for 25+ years.
Nels’ credentials include a Masters in Education and, quite incredibly, Professional Humor Development with Variety Arts and General Foolishness. (?!) He is also a husband and proud father of five kids.
Vision: A World Where People Defy Gravity and Spread Joy
Mission: To Help People Live, Laugh, Love, and Learn with More Zest (and Less Stress)!
Defying gravity is about more than the physical force (e.g. with juggling); it’s overcoming undue graveness. Spreading joy is about more than laughter (e.g. with humor); it’s sharing things like faith, hope, and love.
Along these lines, every booking supports clean water projects and other causes.
Every booking supports charity:water and other good causes. Why? Dirty water kills more people than all forms of violence.
In the past decade, millions have gained access to clean water, which promotes health, education, and more – especially for women and children.
In Jest’s current goal is to bring clean water to 200 people annually. Together, we can help end the water crisis.
1972… Nels was born in Corning, NY, after a major flood, in a makeshift maternity ward, on a conference room table. His mom quips he was destined to be a CEO. (True.) Andrew, his “brother from another mother,” was born soon after wearing big shoes and a red nose. (Partly true.)
1980… Andrew and Nels began exploring juggling, clowning, mime, acting, and other arts, everywhere from summer camps to national workshops. That’s not surprising when you consider both their parents were involved in performing arts ministry.
1992… They toured the Northeast U.S. together with The Circus Kingdom, a nonprofit devoted to spreading joy and good will. They co-founded “In Jest: The Antic Arts Company” that year.
1996+… Upon completing studies in theater, mathematics, and education, Nels decided to pursue speaking and performing “fool time.” When Andrew moved on to other pursuits and the west coast, Nels continued working with him and others.
2000+… In Jest, Inc. was incorporated. Nels took intensive workshops with acclaimed artists and instructors from varied traditions. He traveled extensively from Australia to Bermuda and Canada to Mexico.
Currently… Nels aspires to “practice joy on the path of service,” in honor of Andrew. He works with a network of talents, including his son Noah on occasion, to entertain and uplift people.