She has an infectious enthusiasm for improvisation. Mix this with her insightful improvisation technique, strong narrative skill and her spirit of play, and it is no wonder she is responsible for inspiring many hundreds of people to improvise. Her understanding of Johnstone’s work and philosophy, combined with her own discoveries and her wealth of experience on the world impro stage, has made her a “must have” teacher for performers and companies wishing to create spontaneous theatre with fine skill, strong narrative, heart and elegant style.
Patti has worked in North and South America, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, UAE and the Oceania region for numerous improvisation companies, festivals, theatre schools and in the corporate arena.
Notable Theatre Schools include: Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (UK), London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (UK), The Actors Centre (UK), The National Institute of Circus Arts (AU), The National Theatre (AU), University El Bosque (Colombia), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), Citadel Theatre (CA) and Theatre Calgary (CA).
Patti is co- Artistic Director of Impro Melbourne (Melbourne Australia), the Artistic Director of Die Nasty AU (Melbourne Australia), and a member of the ITI Artistic Committee. She has had the honour of being Artistic Director of Dream Kitchen Theatre (Toronto, ON. CA) and Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton, AB. CA). Patti is a core company member (in absentia) of Die Nasty – the live improvised soap opera (Edmonton, CA), and an alumnus of Rapid Fire Theatre and Loose Moose Theatre plus she was a spark of inspiration for the birth of London’s Spontaneity Shop.
Patti has been featured on the cover of the Spanish impro magazine Status; she is a contributor to the book Art of Mistakes and has been interviewed for the books Something Like A Drug and The Improv Handbook (which is dedicated to Patti in recognition of her mentorship.) She has been interviewed for numerous podcasts and University papers.
Added to her list of credits are three nominations for an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, plus she holds the unofficial record for being the first female to improvise for 53 hours in a row in the famous Die Nasty soap a thon.
The Canadian press has given her the titles “Impro Doyen” and “Queen of Improvisation”.