Adventure is for Every Person!
Chief Adventure Officer, Amy Angelilli, is a certified laughter yoga leader and a graduate of ComedySportz and Bovine Metropolis Theater schools of improvisational theater. She is also a life long traveler and adventurer even though she started out like any other middle class American kid. However, Amy’s desire to spread her voice, coupled with her boredom with the status quo, made her a creative self-starter at an early age. Her journey began when she joined the high school newspaper staff where she regularly questioned authority and shared her opinions. By the time she graduated from college six years later, her experience in student journalism along with her cultural trip to Mexico and her study abroad in Spain, gave her a thirst for exploration.
After a brief pit stop in corporate America, she embraced social responsibility marketing. Here, she joined the national animal welfare movement and created progressive solutions for companion animal issues. In 2001, she founded The People-Pet Partnership, a non-profit to combat pet overpopulation in Philadelphia. Because of her innovative work, she has been featured in The South Philadelphia Review, The Philadelphia Daily News and Women’s Day and has been recognized by Best Friends Animal Society. In 2009, two years after moving 1,700 miles with an RV full of her own pets, she launched The Feline Fix, Colorado’s first high volume, subsidized spay/neuter clinic for stray and feral cats.
During this period she also immersed herself in improvisational theater. For more than ten years she has studied, performed and taught improv. She created and produced two theater experiences that showcase her improv talents regularly at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in Denver. It’s All About Amy is the unscripted, and ever changing, story of her life, while 3 Blind Dates is Denver’s only live, unscripted romantic comedy.
In an effort to combine her passion for animal welfare, and her talent for improvisation, she created the alter ego, Nurse Nancy, to serve as a tongue in cheek ambassador for pet overpopulation using cat condoms and doggie birth control pills to push her spay/neuter message. The social media campaign gained traction in the Denver metro area making Nurse Nancy a regular feature in the Denver Post and Westword.
Throughout these experiences, she also managed to find time for meaningful travel. Some of her more unconventional trips include a visit to Spain to participate in Englishtown – a program to immerse Spanish professionals in the English language; a volunteer vacation with a cat shelter in Rome; and eco-tours of Costa Rica and Belize.
Her own “Adventure Project” began when she turned 40 while on safari in South Africa. Realizing she had veered off the path of her “right life,” she returned determined to make major changes both personally and professionally. In the first half of 2012, she left her relationship, her house and her job. In the second half of 2012, she married the love of her life – one year to the day she unveiled an authentic, heartfelt online profile on a dating website.
In 2013, she came full circle and turned her attention back to writing. In doing so, she began exploring mindful living and became a contributor to elephantjournal.com. After many months of writing, traveling and restorative yoga, she visited an art bazaar where she stumbled upon the art featured to the right by Lexis Krieg/Lexisworks. She realized her next adventure was to be facilitating transformation by bringing her passion for play to people and The Adventure Project was born.