Diego Andres Spanó is multi-talented actor, impressionist, clown, mime and musician.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Diego is now based in Europe, but travels the globe.
Raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he trained for five years at drama school and directed his first production at age 13. He also honed his skills working alongside his grandmother, a professional clown, and other family members, including musicians, playwrights, and theatre actors. Diego is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitar and ukulele player.
In 1999, he added an impersonation of Charlie Chaplin’s famous character, The Little Tramp, to his act, having grown up watching the films and admiring Chaplin’s talent. When he first applied the face paint and makeup, he was shocked to see the physical resemblance!
He soon discovered that The Little Tramp awoke strong emotions of both in him and the audience. With laughter as the goal, he developed original sketches to convey the struggle of sadness versus happiness, bad versus good, and rich versus poor and to involve good-natured members of the audience.
Soon, Diego’s well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s best loved Charlie Chaplin impersonators led him to perform in world-class festivals in Argentina (Buenos Aires), Canada (Montreal), England (London, Isle of Wight), France (Avignon, Aurillac), Scotland (Edinburgh), Spain (Sevilla, Barcelona, Tàrrega, Valladolid, Burgos, Bilbao, León, València, Salamanca, Castelldefels, Madrid), Italy (Rome, Catolica, Bra), and Uruguay (Montevideo).
As a professional actor and clown who is passionate about giving back to the community, Diego has worked with Clowns without Borders, an NGO. He took his street entertainment act to 10 schools for indigenous children (comunidad mapuches), and to numerous charity events, hospitals, and social theatres in deprived urban areas of Argentina, Spain, and Morocco. Diego’s Charlie also raised money for Thailand’s tsunami victims at events in London.
· The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival, Waterville, Ireland: Diego’s fascination with Charlie Chaplin drew him to the festival where his act was featured at the Gala Awards Show. He also performed throughout the village over the four-day festival.
· The Edinburgh Fringe, Scotland, UK: Diego has performed on the Mound and in the Old Town at the largest arts festival in the world. For more than 50 years, Scotland’s capital city has hosted this explosion of creative energy.
· Covent Garden, London, UK: Diego has performed as a street entertainer at this London landmark for several years, including during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
· Festival Internacional de Teatro, Sevilla, Spain: Diego has participated in this celebration of the arts every year since 2000 alongside theatre actors, dancers, clowns, and circus acts. http://www.seville.world-guides.com/events.html
· Tàrrega Festival of Street Theatre (Fira Tàrrega, Teatre al Carrier) in Barcelona, Spain: As a seasoned street entertainer, Diego has performed at the most important international stage arts festival in the south of Europe.
· Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Barcelona, Spain: Diego was featured on the front page of El Periódico in 2005 as part of the 500 activities – from street entertainment and concerts to folk dances, theatre performances and dance shows in the street.
If you would like Diego to perform at your festival or function, please contact him here.