Rob Torres Memorial Fund

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The Rob Torres Memorial and Scholarship Fund will help fund  and provide scholarships for students wishing to study with Sigfrido Aguilar at the Estudio Búsqueda de Panotmima-Teatro .  Rob started studying with Sigfrido in 1996 and, after a decade of participating in his intensive international workshops, continued visiting the Estudio, sharing his experiences and enthusiasm with the next generation of clowns and circus performers.  The sudden and untimely death  of Robert Torres earlier this summer was a tragic loss to all who knew and loved him.  In an effort to continue Rob's legacy in the performing arts, and carry his passion of helping others and making them smile well into the future, this fund has been established.  Rob's parents (A. Marguerite and Efrein Torres)  and his entire family, have generously decided to transfer all donations made  to the Estudio, where Rob studied, to benefit students by providing funding and scholarships. 

Founded in 1972 by Sigfrido Aguilar, Mexican Mime-Clown, Creator and Director, The Research Studio of Pantomime-Theatre, a nonprofit organization, is an international school of Comic Physical Theater serving a broad community based in Valenciana, Guanajuato, in the mountains of Central Mexico.

They offer international workshops, ongoing classes for specialists and amateurs, in addition to developing and performing their own creations and special projects in communities and schools in Mexico and abroad.

Their campus includes an outdoor amphitheater, Teatro Tanque La Valenciana, and indoor theater/teaching studio, a library and kitchen for student and faculty use, as well as a dormitory for visiting students and professors.

The teaching and performing facilities are surrounded by separate gardens and courtyards, providing a variety of rehearsal spaces as well as private study areas.

"Sigfrido gently pushed us to be better than we thought we could be. He encouraged us to focus on what we, as individual artists, did best. He insisted that we keep our work authentic, genuine and always anchored to the truth.  

He taught that the language of clowns is Mime, and that the instrument for that ‘voice’ is our body. He showed us that bigger isn’t always better, but that clarity of movement, of ideas and story were crucial. He taught us how to speak volumes without ever uttering a word.

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Sigfrido gave me the most precious gift of all ~ the confidence to believe in my dreams and myself."

Steve Smith
Former Dean,  Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College
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