Patsy Tillisch

Patsy Tillisch is an experienced leader in the areas of design conception and development for theme park attractions, animal exhibits, themed retail and food facilities, and performance venues. With her depth of experience, she has become a specialist in the area of themed animal habitats and zoo themed resorts and parks.

At EDG, Ms. Tillisch directs design development and project programming of projects of all sizes for theme parks and animal attractions around the world. Recent work has included projects for Dubailand, Wildlife Reserve Singapore, Hangzhou Amusement Park in China, and Ocean Park redevelopment in Hong Kong. Prior to EDG, Ms. Tillisch was co-founder and partner of Total Park Projects, a design and project management company where she led teams to produce projects for zoos and theme parks in Hong Kong and the US, such as the Phoenix Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo, Houston Zoo, and Nashville Zoo.

Prior to starting her own company, Ms. Tillisch joined the Walt Disney Imagineering team where she played a key role on Disney’s Animal Kingdom from the blue-sky concept phase through the park’s construction and opening. As the Associate Producer, she was responsible for establishing and managing the schedule and budget for the park’s entire creative team. In addition to providing day-to-day design direction, Ms. Tillisch organized and led safaris across Africa and Asia, researching unique habitats and meeting with world-renowned conservationists, and was responsible for show producing the Camp Minnie-Mickey area of the park.

Ms. Tillisch’s experience and career in production, field art direction and operation of theme parks began 30 years ago with Six Flags, Inc. where she was a park supervisor and show producer for Astroworld in Houston, Texas and later with Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Her experience also includes management of an animation studio where she became knowledgeable with IP development and licensing.

Ms. Tillisch is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin.