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.

Founded in 2005, we have currently 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!


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I do a lot of things at Olive-Harvey, but I have never been so lavishly thanked by the students. I believe it is because this was a matter that they have been yearning to discuss, but no one has given them an opportunity for such a frank and mediated examination. I know this performance will go a long way towards improving a lot of attitudes and dispelling a lot of disbelief about mental illness, drugs, therapy, and even race. 

– Professor Jewel Younge, Olive-Harvey College


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