Yearly Archives: 2018

First Responders, Our First Story Showcase, SOLD OUT!

    Stef Tovar* and Joshua J. Volkers performing First Responders  Brian Warner, who shared his story, and Artistic Director Heather Bodie on CBS 2.  Discussing First Responders on Fox 32. Joshua J. Volkers, Brian Warner, and Stef Tovar who performed Brian’s story in First Responders. We are so grateful to everyone who made First Responders a sold-out success! For this showcase, first-hand mental health experiences from a police officer and a firefighter were collected; the stigmas, … Continue reading

Story Showcase: First Responders

Story Showcase: First Responders A showcase of new work exploring the mental health experiences of police, firefighters, and others who encounter traumatic events in the line of duty. November 12–14, 2018   CHICAGO – Erasing the Distance is proud to announce its Story Showcase: First Responders, a timely exploration of the mental health experiences of firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement officers. Many uniformed first responders encounter traumatic events in the line of duty. And they … Continue reading

Save the Date: Hamburger Mary’s HamBINGO

  Join Erasing the Distance on Monday, October 29, 2018 for HamBINGO at Hamburger Mary’s in Andersonville! Hosted by by BINGO-Diva Velicity Metropolis (seen in this post with Operations Manager Scott Letscher and Executive Director Diana Clegg), HamBINGO is a weekly event at Hamburger Mary’s in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Each event raises funds for a local nonprofit. This HamBINGO is in support of Erasing the Distance. Where Is HamBINGO? HamBINGO at Hamburger Mary’s in Andersonville 5400 … Continue reading

Sara Sarkey’s Dedication to True Stories

We were first introduced to Sara Sarkey, Sr Scientific Director of Neuroscience and General Medicine at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, after an Erasing the Distance program at her workplace. When the performance began, she noted: “I was drawn in. It felt so real. He was full of humor and insights. It really resonated. And when he finished, I realized that he, the actor, didn’t have the issues reflective of the story. That really struck me, the intensity with … Continue reading

Thank You for a Successful DocFest 2018

DocFest 2018 is in the books! We would like to thank EVERYONE who came to the festival. Whether you joined us for monologue readings, workshops, or performances—or a combination of all three—we are thrilled you were a part of this year’s event. This year, DocFest 2018 buzzed with energy and enthusiasm. We had incredible responses from audiences and artistic teams. We were able to have these performances, and promote healing, due to your participation. It … Continue reading

Erasing the Distance Proudly Announces Heather Bodie as New Artistic Director

Erasing the Distance is proud to share that Heather Bodie has accepted the position of Artistic Director. Bodie was holding the Interim Artistic Director position since February, and prior to holding the Interim Artistic Director position, Bodie was Associate Artistic Director, overseeing the Custom Programs of Erasing the Distance. Her talent and effort in all of these roles has resulted in Erasing the Distance performances around the country. “The mission of Erasing the Distance is … Continue reading

Photos from IGNITE 2018

 From the Board of Directors, Artistic Company, Clinical Company, and Staff of Erasing the Distance… Thank YOU for making IGNITE 2018 a success!! IGNITE 2018 was made possible thanks to our presenting sponsor, Aspire Health. Along with sponsorship by the following organizations: Together, we use the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.    

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