Author Archives: Mali Anderson

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

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

6,800+ Ways to Fight Stigma

Every day, people experience shame and feel judged because of mental health issues. Then there’s a performance, someone shares the story of another person impacted.  Because of that, people understand they are not alone. Moving forward, healing can begin, which improves the lives of individuals, families, communities, and society. Fighting stigma is what we do We create work to start conversations, our efforts destigmatize mental health issues. Thanks to you, over 6,800 men, women, and teenagers have … Continue reading

Amy Sarno Discusses “The Holidays Unwrapped”

Erasing the Distance Artistic Director Amy Sarno shares how she came to build The Holidays Unwrapped, a music-filled performance that braids together the real stories of nine people. The show is an exploration of how to manage stress during the holiday season.   Why did you want to do a holiday show? During the holiday season, many feel anxiety and depression. The expectations and family dynamics can be triggers for people, both individuals with mental … Continue reading

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


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