Sigfrido Aguilar
Teatro Tanque
Valenciana, Guanajuato
36240 México

ebpantea@prodigy.net.mx
www.sigfridoaguilar.org
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Education:
B.A. in Dramatic Arts (Directing), University of Michoacan, Mexico.
B.A. in Architectural Engineering, University of Michoacan, Mexico.

Professional Experience:
TEACHING AND PERFORMING RESIDENCY, a community project in Ajo Arizona, February/March 2006 and April/May 2007 invited by The International Sonoran Desert Alliance, (ISDA).

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR, at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Potsdam, Fall 2005.  Trained created and directed BORDERS, work selected and awarded by the AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL (ACTF).  Offered a public lecture series at SUNY Potsdam for students, faculty and community members.

CIRCO CHICOS, an international summer camp for children in Mime, Theatre and Circus, Estudio Busqueda de Pantomima-Teatro A.C., Guanajuato, Mexico, July of 2004.
NATIONAL WORKSHOP OF MOVEMENT CLOWN THEATRE, professional training and creating new pieces, Estudio Busqueda de Pantomima-Teatro A.C., Guanajuato, Mexico, May of 2004.
FESTIVAL OF STREET CLOWNS - COYOACAN, MEXICO CITY, professional workshop for national and international participants, February of 2004.
OFF-OFF CERVANTINO, INTERNATIONAL CLOWN FESTIVAL, TEATRO TANQUE LA VALENCIANA, trained, created and directed the “INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING WORKSHOP Creation of Clown Movement Theater”, Estudio Busqueda de Pantomima-Teatro A.C., Guanajuato, Mexico, October of 2003.
NATIONAL WORKSHOP OF CLOWN MOVEMENT THEATRE, professional training and creating new pieces, Estudio Busqueda de Pantomima-Teatro A.C., Guanajuato, Mexico, May of 2003.
BOXTALES: MITOS Y CUENTOS II, trained and directed Box Tales from Santa Barbara, CA -USA, in the Estudio Busqueda de Pantomima-Teatro A.C. de Guanajuato, México, January and February of 2003.
OFF-OFF CERVANTINO, INTERNATIONAL CLOWN FESTIVAL, TEATRO TANQUE LA VALENCIANA, trained, created and directed the “INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING WORKSHOP Creation of Clown Movement Theater”, Estudio Busqueda de Pantomima-Teatro A.C., Guanajuato, Mexico, October of 2002.
THE ALAMO PIECE: 2001/2002
Created and performed work with American artist Jim Calder dealing with the US/Mexican border.
Toured San Antonio, TX, Arlington, VA, Piedras Negras, México and Del Rio, TX.  Funded by the US/Mexico Fund for Culture (Rockefeller Foundation, FONCA and Bancomer)
Participated in the Border Lands Festival of San Antonio, TX: Summer 1999
with participation of The Alamo Piece.
Toured Northern Mexico with “SANCHO & DON”: Spring1998 Toured border cities in Mexico, project funded by FONCA, National Endowment for the Arts of Mexico.

Workshop presentations at INTAR of THE ALAMO PIECE: Fall1998
Work in progress performance piece dealing with the US/Mexican border - funded by the US/Mexico Fund for Culture (Rockefeller Foundation, FONCA and Bancomer), New York City and Mexico.
Commissioned by the Lobero Theatre Foundation to direct BOXTAILS, “Mitos y Cuentos” 1998. Trained the Santa Barbara company in movement theatre method.
Director of movement and images and performed leading roll in “The Wild”: June 1966.  A piece by Andy Teirstein, premiered at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City.
Invited to co-create, co-direct and perform by the ‘Agostino & Co. Performing Arts’ in New York: 1995.“Planet Voices”, an ecological piece for touring the public school system.
Commissioned to create and perform SANCHO & DON at INTAR: June 1994
Co-created and performed original work with Jim Calder, an American artist, on the subject of North and South American political buffoons presented at INTAR HISPANIC AMERICAN THEATRE, New York City.  Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Mid-Atlantic Movement Theatre Festival at the Towsen State University, Maryland, US : Winter 1994.
Commissioned to co-direct and perform in Jim’s Calder “DaVinci and the New Cadillac”.
Choreographer for Ralph Lee’s “A Popol Vuh Story” : Winter 1994.
A project by INTAR and the Lincoln Center of New York, NY.
 
Founder, President and Master Teacher of the ‘Estudio Busqueda de                          Pantomima-Teatro A.C.’: 1972 to present.
A professional and independent school of Modern Mime, Clown and Movement Theatre, in Guanajuato, Mexico offering an intensive international 8 week workshop in Personal Physical Comedian of Movement Theatre each winter.

Founder and Artistic Director of the National Encounter and International Festival of Contemporary Mime in Mexico (ENyFIP): 1978 to 1994
International theatre companies are invited to perform and tour Mexico. The function of the festival is to enrich the cultural life of the country. All activities are offered free of charge to the public. Some professional artists who have attended in the past are: Thomas Lea hart (USA); Daniel Stein (France); Mime Omnibus (Canada); Theatre Due Movement (France); Diametric (Switzerland); James Donjon (USA); Tony Montana (USA); Aver the Eccentric (USA); The Adaptors (USA); Bob Barky (USA); among others. In addition, movement theatre artists are encouraged to attend and share their work and ideas through workshops offered with these performers as part of the Encounter.

Founder of the MultiComediantes, bilingual company (Mexico-USA): 1990 to present.
Co-created, co-directed and performed the following original works with Jim Calder, an American theatre artist, on the subject of North American relations presented at INTAR HISPANIC AMERICAN THEATRE, New York City: “Vulture Speaks”; “Sancho & Don”; “The Alamo Piece” with positive reviews from the New York Times.

Founder, Principal Actor and Director of the Estudio Busqueda’s company “Comediantes Pantomima-Teatro”: 1979 to present
Created and directed the following shows of Movement Theatre: “Papalote” participated in the Second International Clown Theatre Festival of New York; “Ocumicho” participated in the International Festival of Contemporary Mime of Winnipeg, Canada; “Lo Mexicano en la Calaca” with the participation in the two International Festivals of Mime, Clown and Movement Theatre of Elkins, West Virginia; among others.

Master Teacher: 1970 to present
--Co-founder and master teacher of clown theatrics at CLOWN THEATRE INSTITUTE, a 4 week intensive workshop consisting of physical improvisations and direction pieces based on movement vocabulary, Santa Barbara, CA, summer 1998 with the LOBERO THEATRE FOUNDATION and in Seattle, Washington summers 1987-88.
--Master teacher of an intensive 4 week workshop at the “Physical Theatre Lab”, Department of Theatre, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Movement Approach to Clown along with a 4 week workshop of Introduction to Pantomime-Theatre. Co-directed a show -- an adaptation of the short story “The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder” by Henry Miller, collectively created by the directors and students of the Physical Theatre Lab, summer 1986.
--Master teacher in the School for Movement Theatre in Elkins, West Virginia for four summers 1982-85.  Formed part of the planning committee.

Guest Teacher: 1968 to present.
--NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR, at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Potsdam, Fall 2005.  Trained created and directed BORDERS, work selected and awarded by the AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL (ACTF). 
--Teaching Residency in community project, Ajo, Arizona funded by the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (2006).
--Mask & Clown Movement Theatre at the ‘Summer Conservatory’ of the  Michael Howard Studios, New York, NY.
--Teaching Residencies to create and direct original works of Movement Theatre based on his methodSTATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY) in Potsdam (2005), UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA (UCSB) Department of Dramatic Art, Santa Barbara, CA; INTERNATIONALE MIME ASSOCIATE, Antwerpen, Belgio, Europe; NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, Winston-Salem, NC; LOBERO THEATRE FOUNDATION, Santa Barbara, CA; among others.
--Founder of the Pantomime and Movement Workshop at the University of Guanajuato. 
--Modern Mime, Clowning and Movement at: Lyndon State College, University of Vermont; Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies; Departamento de Bellas Artes de Guadalajara, Jalisco; Instituto Allende School of Fine Arts in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato; Director of the mime clown shows at Circus World of Ringling Brothers in Orlando, Fla.; First teacher of mime and movement at Clown College of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus in Venice, Fla.

Honors and Awards:

Received National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Distinguished Visiting Professor, State University at Potsdam.  2005
Received Coyotl Award, for outstanding merit in promoting, teaching, directing and creating the Art of clowning, awarded by the Delegacion Coyoacan of Mexico City - 2004
Received Arts International Fund grant to tour work in Mexico 2001
Received US/Mexico Fund for Culture (Rockefeller Foundation) grant to tour Washington DC and Mexico 2000/2001
Received Academia Guanajuatense de Arte y Cultura honored number place, 2000.
Received Mexican American Cultural Foundation grant - 1999
Received ‘My Life in Theatre’ recognition award by the Mexican Center of the ITI-UNESCO, 1998.
Received INROADS grant (Ford Foundation and Arts International) - 1998
Received Rockefeller Foundation -US/Mexico Fund for Culture to develop new work- 1996
Received grants from SEP-Cultura; ISSSTE-Cultura and FONAPAS to fund National Encounters and International Festivals of Contemporary Mime of Mexico (ENyFIP), from 1978 to 1994.
Among others.

International Festivals Participation:
Ballentine Festival of Innsbruck, Austria; International Movement Theatre Festival of Philadelphia, PA; Cleveland Performance Art Festival of Cleveland, Ohio; The Innovators Series of Arlington, VA; Hemispheric Institute of Performance Art & Politics of the NYU, NYC; Le Festival International De Mime Montreal of Montreal, Canada; North American Mime Festival of Syracuse, NY; International Festival of Contemporary Mime of Winnipeg, Canada; among others.

References:

JAMES DONLON THOMAS LEBHART

BOB FRANCESCONI

Departament of Dramatic Art
University of California
Santa Barbara, California 93106

Department of Theatre
Pomona College
Claremont, California 91711
School of Drama
North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, NC 27117
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