Patti Stiles starts improvising in the 1983 at the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary (C), working directly with its founder Keith Johnstone. Today she is one of the most famous and appreciated improv artist all around the world. She lives in Australia where she is Artistic Director of the company Die Nasty Au. She is also co-director of the companies Secret Impro Theatre and Impro Melbourne. At the moment she is also the Artistic Director of the International Theatresports Institute and representative for the Oceania Area. She collaborates with artists and theatre companies from all over the world.
patti will be in the yellow and blue path.
Susan Harrison is an award winning Actress, Improviser and Character Comedian. She has been a member of Olivier Award Winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical for the past 6 years. She also has a two-prov group BEINGS and teaches improv in London, throughout the UK and internationally. She has appeared in several of the Annual London 50 hour Improvathons and has guested for numerous groups including; Bumper Blyton, GTI and Playground. As an actress she has performed in the West End & at the National Theatre among others and on screen she was a series regular in the BAFTA winning sketch series Class Dismissed, for CBBC.
susan will be in the blue and red path.
Justin Brett trained at London's Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and has been an actor, improviser and comedian for over 20 years, with a career spanning from mime to comedy car clown, from playing Johnny Cash for a year in the West End to filming with Steven Spielberg, from running a London comedy club to coaching improv and being a long-standing player in the Olivier Award-winning “Showstopper, The Improvised Musical”. From his improvisation background, he has learned that being 'in the moment' is the best way to be able to listen and respond most valuably in any situation. From his clown background he has learned that falling over may be funny, but it hurts if you do it wrong. From Steven Spielberg he learned that it's best if you “stand over there”.
justin will be in the green and yellow path.
Mark Jane has been specialized in acting, directing and teaching improvised theatre since 1994. Originally from England he moved to Paris in 1996 where he pursued his acting career. He has trained with the masters of improvisation and storytelling like Keith Johnstone, Christopher Vogler, Mick Napier, Patti Stiles, etc. He is a founding member and artistic director of the Improfessionals, with whom he staged a wide range of improvisation shows and travels now around Europe teaching and performing. In 2013 he created his show TRIO which sees him improvising a long form story with two audience members who have never improvised before. He is also specialized in Keith Johnstone’s Trance Mask techniques, and teaches and makes masks through his association Trance Mask France. In 2018 he published his own book “Jeux et Enjeux: La boîte à outils de l’improvisation théâtrale”
mark will be in the blue, red and green path.
Stacey Smith is a loud Long Islander who recently relocated to Chicago by way of Boston. She performs regularly with The Deltones and The Musical Armando at iO as well as at CSz Theater Chicago and she performed for many years in various projects with The Second City. She is a former instructor in the A-E Program, Youth&Teen Program and The Wellness Program at The Second City and recently created her own program called S.H.E (Sisterhood. Humor. Empowerment) for female identifying students ages 8-18. In addition, she also has taught at iO and The Playground Theater and is the former Head of the Training Center at CSz Theater Chicago. Most recently, she was the Comedy School Manager at ImprovBoston where she also performed regularly with ImprovBoston's Mainstage Cast and Music Improv Cast. Stacey is the Creator/Executive Producer of the Chicago Musical Improv Festival.
stacey will be in the black path.
Kevin Gillese started improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, as a teenager in 1996. As an undergraduate he studied Theatre and Creative Writing, and then he went on to take a post-graduate Comedy Writing and Performance program at Humber College in Toronto. He is one-half of the comedy duo Scratch, together with Arlen Konopaki, which has toured several times across Canada, Europe and Australia. So far the Scratch have written two plays together: “Revengence” and “Effed Up Fairy Tales”, both produced at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta. He was the associate Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre from 2005-2007, before becoming the Artistic Director of the company from 2008-2009. He became the Artistic Director of Dad’s Garage Theatre in 2010, a title which he amazingly still holds. In his spare time he is a loving husband to his beautiful wife, Amber.
kevin will be in the red, green and yellow path.
Simone Tani graduated at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris where he studied Theatre, Clown and Bouffon. He studied improvisation at the school VerbaVolant in Rome, and with Keith Johnstone, Shawn Kinley and Dennis Cahill at the Loose Moose Theater in Calgary. He also studied clown and physical comedy, trance and full masks, commedia dell'arte and mask making with Anom Ida Bagus in Bali. He's one of the founder members of Teatro Pomodoro company, which participated at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 and at the Camden Fringe Festival in 2015, and of the Bugiardini company in Rome. He performs and teaches improvisation, trance masks, clown and bouffon, all around the world. He also worked as a lecturer for the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the University of Chester, the Malaya University in Kuala Lumpur and the National Taiwan University of Arts.
simone will be in the white path.
For Alessio Granato the passion for theatre began as a child. In 2007 he started his adventure with the improv theatre school directed by Compagnia Maia in Latina, of which he is currently one of the directors, and with which he took part in several shows ranging from short to long form. He participates as a musical accompanist in both amateur and professional Imprò, and in other improv shows in various parts of Italy. He regularly collaborates with the improv group i Bugiardini as a musician both in "B.L.U.E. The Completely Improvised Musical" and "Shhh! An Improvised Silent Movie", with which he took part in the 2016 and 2018 editions of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since 2016 he has been a musician at the "Welcome! Improvisations from the World" festival and will be part of the cast also for the 2019 edition.
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