Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. According to medical professionals, laughter increases circulation, aids in muscle relaxation, improves the immune system and can even relieve pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
For Amy Angelilli, founder and chief adventure officer of The Adventure Project, helping her clients find the giggles, guffaws and chuckles in life is all part of a day’s work.
The Adventure Project kicks off its 2022-23 season Aug. 30 at Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine with various levels of improv classes for adults as well as monthly improv shows.
“Improv’s benefits go way beyond the theater’s stage and positively impact life’s stage,” Angelilli explained of the theater form performed without a script. “Improv enables us to be better versions of ourselves by increasing our emotional intelligence, enhancing our interpersonal and intra-personal skills, and giving us tools for better empathy, active listening, creative thinking and collaboration. Plus, it makes us more engaged and engaging — and, of course, fun."
Originally from Philadelphia, Angelilli is a certified laughter yoga leader with 20 years of improv performing, teaching and facilitating experience. She has led teambuilding and training sessions in various environments, including corporations, conferences and colleges. In 2016, Angelilli launched the once Denver-based The Adventure Project in St. Augustine, offering individuals and groups a blend of improvisation, laughter yoga and immersive, interactive play experiences.
“Improv for Adults elevated our education program at Limelight Theatre to include programming for all ages,” said Kristin Pidcock, director of education for the theater. “Her ‘yes, and’ approach to improv, and to life, makes her relatable, fun and easy to learn from. I am constantly impressed with the level of commitment from the students.”
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