Yearly Archives: 2017

The Mental Health & Aging Conference in Sacramento, CA

#GivingTuesday donations make it possible for us to collect stories like those shared at this conference. Custom Programs Manager Jana Ross brought the work of Erasing the Distance to California. Here, she shares some thoughts on her experience… “On the morning of November 8, I arrived with three actors to the Mental Health & Aging Conference in Sacramento, California. We’d flown into town from Chicago the night before, settling in at hotel across the street from … Continue reading

Custom Programs Had a Triple-Gig Day

We are thrilled to announce our Custom Programs team had their first triple-gig day on Wednesday, November 8, 2017! Yes, we had Erasing the Distance teams sharing stories about mental health issues across the country, all in one day. Here’s where we were and what topics were being addressed: Sacramento, CA Turning Point Community Programs hired Erasing the Distance to perform at the Mental Health and Aging Conference in Sacramento, CA. Since 1981, the Mental Health … Continue reading

3 Reasons to Bring “Veterans Voices” to Your Community

  Veterans Day is November 11. Is your school, business, or organization looking for programming for Veterans Day, Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day? Veterans Voices is an Erasing the Distance custom program that focuses on the mental health issues facing active military, veterans, and their families. With scripts shaped from true stories that explore various mental health issues, Erasing the Distance performances feature people of different ages, cultural backgrounds, racial groups, and perspectives. The … Continue reading

The Forgiveness Project at Beloit College

  This fall, Artistic Director Amy Sarno—who is also Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Beloit College—worked with Custom Programs Manager Jana Ross on The Forgiveness Project.  The show, which was on stage at Beloit College October 5-14, 2017, explored the stories of individuals impacted by the justice system. The Forgiveness Project was the result of 20 interviews, all with real people involved with the criminal justice system. Of these 20 interviews, four stories were chosen and shaped into the script performed … Continue reading

The Cast for “The Holidays Unwrapped”

The Holidays Unwrapped is the first Erasing the Distance performance to explore the touching moments and the frustrating fights of the holiday season. “The chaos and commotion of the holidays is inescapable. We’re surrounded by Rockwellian images of family harmony, and often our families don’t look like the same. The Holidays Unwrapped features a collection of real family stories,” says Artistic Director Amy Sarno. A music-filled performance that braids together the real stories of nine people, … Continue reading

The Golf Marathon Fundraiser!

On Sunday, October 8, Board Member Tony House golfed 100 holes for Erasing the Distance in honor of “Mental Illness Awareness Week”! As of now, Tony has raised $8,475 to date and donations are still coming in!!!  There’s still time to show your support for Tony and for Erasing the Distance by making a donation today. Let’s hit the ball off the course and impact more people’s lives with a total win of $10,000. Donate to the Tony … Continue reading

Stacy Stoltz Is a Deviser and Performer In SPARKfest® 2017

Stacy Stoltz devised Walk A Mile, a performance about family connection and healing, and she is performing the stories she has collected from her own parents. “I wanted to meet them in the past. Feel the weight of their lives. Find out why they are…who they are. Grow my empathy for them,” says Stoltz. Erasing the Distance is thrilled to have Walk A Mile as part of SPARKfest® 2017! Below is a portion of a story … Continue reading

Dave Belden has been cast in SPARKfest® 2017

We are thrilled to announce Dave Belden has been cast in the part of Sam in Breathe With Me! Breathe With Me, a show exploring end-of-life caregivers and their mental health, is one of the productions in SPARKfest® 2017. Devised by Erasing the Distance Artistic Company members Millie Hurley and Maura Kidwell, Breathe With Me explores end-of-life caregivers and their mental health. Caregiving is spoken of as both a gift and a burden. Breathe With Me raises questions about how hard it is … Continue reading

A Toast to Brighid!

Artistic Director Emeritus Brighid O’Shaughnessy stopped by the Erasing the Distance Artistic Company meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017. Our artists gathered together to toast Brighid and celebrate her as an inspiration, friend, and founder of our organization. Sharing the effect of Erasing the Distance’s mission on their lives, their professional growth as artists, and the personal connections that have grown through our work, Artistic Company members raised a glass. Of course, Brighid’s impact could … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Support SPARKfest 2017

Planning for SPARKfest 2017  is well under way! And our SPARKfest 2017 crowdfunding campaign has one more week to go… So, we thought we’d share why we are launching the festival this year and why it’s so important to us and the community. 1. Why is it called SPARKfest? Art sparks creativity and awareness. SPARKfest 2017 gives three weeks of stage time to three new works. There will be more opportunities than ever before to see the … Continue reading

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