Joshua Routh Bio

Joshua Routh is a nationally recognized entertainer, speaker, educator, corporate trainer, and founder of the performing troupe, Circus Kaput.

Joshua has performed in almost every one of the United States in many diverse venues, including TEDx, Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.  He is an accomplished magician, juggler, hypnotist, comedian, and acrobat.

Joshua began his journey in the variety arts at the age of 12 when he took a clown class at a community college and fell in love with making people laugh. He began volunteer clowning at hospitals and nursing homes, and it was here that he learned that entertainment was his calling.

During his later teens and early 20’s Joshua continued to master his craft as a performer while he traveled the country with his guide and mentor, the magician Jeff Lefton.

In 1998, he took a yearlong break from performing to serve AmeriCorps on a team that helped communities cope with natural disasters. Joshua worked with FEMA, SEMA, and the US Forest Service fighting forest fires and assisting in the aftermath of ice storms and hurricanes. In between disasters he founded a group using AmeriCorps members called ClownCorps. ClownCorps performed for many underserved communities and brought joy in the face of disaster.

Joshua then worked with Hank Schafermeyer who ran a program called the St. Louis Experiential Adventure Movement (STREAM). It was with STREAM that Joshua found his love of team building, ropes courses, and orienteering by leading school groups on wilderness adventures. Joshua, Hank Schafermeyer, and Jeff Lefton then launched a successful project facilitating team skills for the corporate market.

In early 2001 Joshua decided to intensify his performance skills and moved to San Francisco where he attended and taught at the San Francisco Circus Center. While there he trained for two years with Master Lu Yi of the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe. Joshua was one of the first full year students of the Clown Conservatory where he graduated "Class Clown".

While at the Circus Center, Joshua combined his passion for facilitation and performance by leading several circus-based team building excursions for huge Silicon Valley corporations including Google.

In addition to performing for a long list of corporations, Joshua has been a company member of the New Pickle Circus, the San Francisco Youth Circus, the famous Reynolds Circus, Ballet Eclectica, and the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival.

In 2003, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission awarded Joshua a CAT fellowship for his work as a social artist.

Joshua has been a featured artist for Major League Baseball’s World Series Gala. He has also performed for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, the St. Louis Rams football team, Missouri governor Matt Blunt, California governor Gavin Newsom, and San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.

On the small screen, Joshua has been in TV commercials for Maxwell House, Ameren UE, H & R Block, and many others. He has been featured on the TV shows ‘Best of California’ and ‘House Calls’, performed on NBC, FOX, ABC, PBS and UPN, and appeared in the film ‘Class Clowns’.

In the his most recent history - He opened for and performed with comedian TJ Miller on his Perpetuity Tour, published his book Mind Blowing Presentations Using the Element of Surprise, completed Seth Godin's altMBA, created the revolutionary Members For Life Program for Sana Lake Recovery Center and gave a TEDx St Louis talk on connection. 

When he is not performing Joshua loves to facilitate workshops and is a professional speaker, writer, and educator. He is currently working on a new book, writing his blog and planning a new workshop to be announced soon! 

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