About In Jest

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. We are known for uplifting keynotes, entertainment, ministry, and arts-in-education programs with Nels and friends.

That about sums it up.

That said, with advice from advisors, we are pursuing products and partnerships to further In Jest’s vision and mission. Feel free to follow @InJestInc and @NelsRoss on Insta-Link-You-Twit-Face-Etc for developments. (See links in footer.)

Nels Ross, CEO, In Jest, Inc.
Nels Ross, CEO, In Jest, Inc.

About Nels Ross

Nels Ross, MEd PHD VA GF, is Chief Executive Oddball of In Jest, Inc.. He works solo and with other speakers, performers, and presenters to “defy gravity and spread joy” and to help people live, laugh, love, and learn wholeheartedly.

His diverse background includes: studying theater, mathematics, and education; touring with a nonprofit circus; training with world-class instructors from varied traditions; teaching juggling/life workshops; and performing and speaking full time 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.

@NelsRoss @InJestInc #TooMuchToFollow

Fun Fact… His full name is Nels Ross Cremean. He uses Nels Ross for performing and speaking, claiming it is easier to remember and confuses creditors.

Vision: A World Where People Everywhere Defy Gravity and Spread Joy

Mission: To Help People Live, Laugh, Love, and Learn… Wholeheartedly!

Defying gravity is about more than the physical force (e.g. with juggling); it’s overcoming undue graveness or “terminal seriousness.” 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, in a makeshift maternity ward after a major flood. His mom quips he was destined to be a CEO, as he was born on a conference room table. (Really.) Andrew, his “brother from another mother,” was born soon after wearing big shoes and a red nose. (Not really.)

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.

In Memory of Andrew Sears Barden (12/18/72 – 10/8/17)