Yearly Archives: 2018

Get Your Ticket for IGNITE 2018

Each year, we gather at IGNITE to celebrate the transformative impact of our work and express our deep appreciation for people like you. Your attendance is needed to make this event a success! Click here to purchase tickets to IGNITE 2018 IGNITE 2018 features: Cocktails and socializing Culinary delights by local chef Zeeshan Shah Stellar auction items A series of Erasing the Distance performances DJ OCD spinning tunes And more…     More About DJ … Continue reading

Dominican Residency… Showtime!

  Dominican Residency Performances After six months of working with and within Dominican University, the final performances of the residency are here! The show, Erasing the Distance: Dominican, Chapter Two, was directed and shaped for the stage by Interim Artistic Director Heather Bodie. “This one-hour show features 10 stories and is the result of a fall course I taught on the process of building documentary theatre. I introduced students to the method we use at … Continue reading

A Day to Regroup, Recharge, and Reconnect

  On Wednesday, February 14, Erasing the Distance staff members took a break from the office and met for coffee, discussion, lunch, and planning. Retreat days are opportunities to take a break from day-to-day tasks and do big-picture thinking. With recent leadership changes and new programming ahead of us, the retreat day was a way to fuel our passion for the mission of Erasing the Distance and give us another opportunity to learn more about each … Continue reading

Erasing the Distance Announces the Departure of Artistic Director Amy Sarno

It is with a mix of gratitude and sadness that Erasing the Distance announces Amy Sarno’s departure, as she recently stepped down from her position as Artistic Director. Sarno said she will be continuing her work with verbatim theatre and reflected on how much she enjoyed the creative opportunity Erasing the Distance provided. Sarno’s contributions this past year and a half are greatly appreciated. They have played a critical role in the development and growth … Continue reading

Are You Following Erasing the Distance?

  Join Erasing the Distance on all our social media channels to keep up with current Public Productions, Custom Performances, and other happenings, as our organization continues to grow. Social media is also one of the many ways we connect with organizations we support and we’d love you to connect with us. Together, we are working to destigmatize mental health issues. We create artistic work to promote ongoing dialogue about how to disarm stigma and support healing … Continue reading

IGNITE: Planning for Success

This past Saturday, a group met at the Erasing the Distance office to have the first planning meeting for IGNITE 2018. IGNITE, an annual celebration of Erasing the Distance event, is continuing to grow. Last year, we had over 100 guests at the Irish American Heritage Center, enjoying dining, dancing, and bidding on auction items to raise funds to support our mission. This year, we look forward to more guests, food, and fun. We have … Continue reading

Two Dynamic Residencies

Two Erasing the Distance residencies are currently happening, one at Dominican University and one at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The projects launched in fall and will both culminate in February, 2018, performances. Both of these residencies are examples of our Custom Programs team expanding our impact — through residencies, performances, and geographical reach. We look forward to continuing the momentum throughout 2018!  Dominican University Residency Associate Artistic Director Heather Bodie … Continue reading

Get Involved. Volunteer in 2018!

Join us! Get more involved with Erasing the Distance this year—a growing, thriving arts organization. What we do is unique. At Erasing the Distance, we use documentary theatre to spark dialogue and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health. You will become part of a focused group of individuals committed to creating good work in a sustainable and collaborative work environment. Board of Directors Our Board of Directors is integral to Erasing the Distance. As representatives of … Continue reading

Documentary Theater Performances in 2018

We create documentary theater, all of our scripts are built from interviews. We use the words of individuals impacted by mental health issues for each performance. These words, then performed by professional actors, can improve lives.  “Erasing the Distance was moving and significant in its acting. [The performances are] a means of increasing awareness and decreasing stigma” – audience member at Mental Health & Aging Conference on November 8, 2017. As we look forward in … Continue reading


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