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Erasing the Distance
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About Erasing the Distance
Founded in 2005 and seen by over 55,000 people, Erasing the Distance (ETD) is a nonprofit 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. CUSTOM PROGRAMS 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, places of worship, conferences, community organizations, and workplaces across the state and country. PUBLIC PERFORMANCES 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!
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