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 55,000 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.
August 11, 12 & 13
Coming Home
Features African-American stories of mental health challenges and the search for healing.
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Nov 11-15 & 19-22
Tell Me What You Remember
The story of one family’s struggle with depression.

Your program opened up an opportunity to talk with my beloved partner about his experience with his former spouse, who was bipolar and schizophrenic, as well as sharing my own. We discovered a number of places that remain raw, and we deepened our understanding about one another’s points of view. Thank you for your work. Thank you.

– Audience Member


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