Erasing the Distance


Founded in 2005 and seen by over 45,000 people, Erasing the Distance (ETD) is a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago, IL that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health. ETD collects true stories from people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues. The storyteller’s words are sculpted into theatrical monologues and scenes. Our ensemble of professional actors then brings the stories to life for live audiences across the state and country. Every ETD performance is followed by a moderated, interactive dialogue so that audience members can process and discuss the themes in the stories they have just seen. ETD also provides mental health literature from nationally recognized organizations free of charge so that audience members can access help if they need it. TOURING ETD has a vast repertoire of stories that explore various mental health issues and feature people of many different ages, cultural backgrounds, racial groups, and perspectives. A few of our stories are also available in Spanish. We perform these stories at schools, faith groups, conferences, community organizations, and workplaces across the state and country. PUBLIC PERFORMANCES At least once a year, Erasing the Distance stages shows at local theater venues for the general public. Our productions—often world premieres—are presented in partnership with mental health professionals that offer actor training and on-site audience support and information. Every performance is followed by a moderated, interactive dialogue between the cast and audience that addresses some of the themes just seen. EDUCATION ETD’s approach to gathering, transcribing, and staging true stories is unique, and we often have people interested in learning how we do what we do. ETD leads presentations, workshops, trainings, and longer-term programs to teach artists, mental health advocates, and current/future health professionals our specific methodology. For more information, contact us at Thank you for your support!


4001 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Suite 503C
Chicago, IL 60613

update contact information

Information out of date? Sign in to edit
Sign in to view
amount raised
Sign in to view
Support Erasing the Distance

You have the power to make a big difference for Erasing the Distance

Sign up for Goodsearch & Goodshop and we’ll donate to your cause when you search the web and shop online!

learn more »

get started

here’s how you can help

  1. Create an accountGet started by creating an account so you can start raising money for your cause for free!
  2. Do things you already doUse Goodsearch for everyday activities like searching the web and shopping online. Plus, when you shop at Goodshop, you save money with over 100,000 coupons and deals too!
  3. We donateWe’ll make a donation to your chosen cause when you search the web or shop online! learn more »