Meet ... Hope England
Hope England is an activist, comedian, rebel, psychotherapist, non-profit entrepreneur and pioneer of using improvisational comedy and humor to promote healing, build resiliency and help navigate loss. She is the founder, CEO and Chief Laugh Ambassador at Humor for Hope, a Chicago based 501(c)(3) that uses improvisational comedy to empower children and families coping with the ongoing challenges of trauma, acute, chronic, and terminal illness. Hope also works as a Trauma Intervention Specialist for Healing Hurt People Chicago where she provides psychoeducation, trauma informed care, therapeutic process groups combined with glass blowing instruction, intensivecase management and counseling for adolescent victims of gun violence, traumatic injuries and gang related community violence.
Hope’s current projects include volunteering and incorporating Humor for Hope in Lurie Children's Hospital and Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago. Her work and innovation in the field of humor therapy has led to opportunities with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and most recently the Karam Foundation in Turkey, where she will be working in refugee camps along the Syrian border.
Hope has spoken at Yale University’s Global Health and Innovation Conference and was awarded the Point of Light award by George H. W. Bush. She was recognized as a finalist for the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award and somewhere in the deep South, her picture hangs on a dusty, questionable Waffle House wall in celebration of one of her proudest achievements ‘‘Most Amount of Entrees Consumed in Shortest Amount of Time’.
Hope has studied alternative forms of healing with Buddhist monks, Peruvian shamans, African drummers and Sufi whirling dervishes. She holds degrees in Writing and Producing for Television and Sitcoms as well as her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology. She is a Comedy Studies graduate and former employee of The Second City.
Hope has a wild love for the world and is a fierce crusader for equality, awakened action and the transformational power of compassion. She is a believer in humankind and ruthlessly believes in being both.