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!


I feel like it was a God-send that I was at your show last night. I had LITERALLY had a conversation with a co-worker yesterday about the depression that her husband has battled for years. I tried to be empathetic, but I think I really could only sympathize. Erasing the Distance helped me to understand a glimmer of what she must be experiencing.

– Audience Member


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