PATTI STILES


Impro Melbourne

AUSTRALIA

Patti is an actor, improviser, director, instructor, and playwright who has worked in Improv throughout the entire globe.
She is widely regarded as one of the world’s most inspiring, thoughtful, and caring instructors.

            


 

PATTI’S WORKSHOPS

GIFTS TO INSPIRE YOUR PARTNER

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY:  Scenic, Development

Improvisers who inspire, surprise, and delight their partners are the most fun to play with. How do they do this magic? This workshop explores exercises and techniques to help you delight, surprise, and inspire your partner. How to change them, affect them, and watch them light up!

TEACHING THE TEACHER

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced, Pro

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development, Teaching


— THIS COURSE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING TO BEGIN TEACHING IMPROVISATION —

In my experience, many people teach improvisation by running a series of games and teaching “Say yes and then yes and”. It is often like they are a comedy drill sergeant. Students may have a good time and there is lots of laughter and play, but they have not really learned how to improvise – the class has been a jam with guidance.

To teach improvisation, one looks at what exercise is needed for the individual student/class, and does not follow a curriculum blindly, because every class, every student, is different. Teachers must understand the how and why of games and techniques in order to trigger students’ thoughts and imaginations so they can feel, question, and think.

Our aims should not be to train improv robots, but to light the fire of improvisation in their belly, and give them the tools, conidence and insight to challenge, create, and grow.

 

GENDER / GENRE

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: AIntermediate, Advanced, Pro

CATEGORY: Scenic, Development


Many of the genres we perform have characters that were created to reflect the society of the time. Even if the author set the story in a different period, the actions or behaviors of the characters represented the social sensibility of the reader. These acceptable social rules were heavily categorised into male and female behavior.

Today’s world is different. Our social dynamics of ‘rules’ of engagement encompass more freedom than rules of the past. Yet our storytelling is still shackled to historical roles.

By questioning, challenging, and exploring the purpose of the character in the story and remving the gender assumptions, we can break open new levels of play and possibilities.


 

INSTRUCTOR BIO

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 trainied by Keith Johnstone.

It is her knowledge, technique, and application of her improvisational skills which makes Patti a unique and dynamic instructor. As an improvisation performer and teacher, Patti 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.

She is the Artistic Director of Die Nasty AU, Co-Director of Secret Impro Theatre and Impro Melbourne, and has had the honour of being Artistic Director of Dream Kitchen and Rapid Fire Theatres in Canada. Currently she serves on the International Theatresports Institutes Managing Board as Artistic Director and representative for the Oceania region.