Erasing the Distance (ETD) is a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.

2015 marks our 10th anniversary, and in the last ten years we have reached over 50,000 audience members through our touring program and public performances. We also offer customizable training workshops for students, artists, mental health advocates and health professionals.

Welcome to our website, and thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about us!


MARCH 29, 30 & 31, 2015
Will You Stand Up?
Explores the effects of violence and mental health.

MAY 19, 20 & 21, 2015
Veterans Voices
Focuses on mental health issues facing veterans and their families.

AUG/SEPT 2015
Coming Home
Features stories from the African-American community.

NOV 11-15 & 19-22, 2015
Tell Me What You Remember
The story of one family’s struggle with depression.

The performance last night was just wonderful! You have really done a superb job of portraying mental illness in a sympathetic and accessible way.

– Jennifer Gray, NAMI Family to Family Education Teacher


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