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
Will You Stand Up?
Explores the effects of violence on mental health.
May 19, 20 & 21
Veterans Voices
Focuses on mental health issues facing veterans and their families.
Tickets on sale now!
August (dates TBA)
Coming Home
Features stories from the African-American community.
Nov 11-15 & 19-22
Tell Me What You Remember
The story of one family’s struggle with depression.

If the stories shared last night were NOT the actor’s actual life stories, please give them 10,000 pats on the back because we were totally convinced. Once again, thank you for such a wonderful performance. You should be very proud.

– Audience Member


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