Patti is an actor, improviser, director, instructor and playwright who has been working professionally in theatre since 1983. She served her theatre apprenticeship at the world renowned Loose Moose Theatre and was trained by Keith Johnstone. It is her knowledge, technique and application of her improvisational skills, which makes Patti a unique and dynamic instructor. Her understanding and interpretation of Johnstone’s work and philosophy, combined with her wealth of experience on the world improv stage, has made her a “must have” teacher for performers and companies wishing to create spontaneous theatre with fine skill, strong narrative and elegant style.
As an improvisation performer and teacher, Patti Stiles has worked in Canada, the USA, England, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, France, Portugal, Greece, New Zealand, Finland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Australia for numerous improvisation companies, theatre schools and in the corporate arena.
Patti has also been interviewed for two improvisation books, Something Like A Drug and The Improv Handbook, which includes a dedication to her. She is the Artistic Director of Die Nasty AU(Melbourne Australia), co- Director of Secret Impro Theatre (Melbourne Australia) and Impro Melbourne (Melbourne Australia) and has had the honour of being Artistic Director of Dream Kitchen Theatre (Toronto, ON. CA) and Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton, AB. CA). Patti is core company member (in absentia) of Die Nasty – the live improvised soap opera (Edmonton, CA), and was a spark of inspiration for the birth of London’s Spontaneity Shop. To her list of credits she also 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 and to her embarrassed delight has a workshop room named after her by Impro ACT in (Canberra Australia). Currently she serves on the International Theatresports™ Institutes Managing Board as Artistic Director and and representative for the Oceania region.
The Canadian press has given her the titles “Impro Doyen” and “Queen of Improvisation”.