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That Night: The Production Team

The programs are in! Opening night is only a week away.  That Night  follows the story of Dana Holland—wrongfully incarcerated for over a decade—and his path toward exoneration. Karen, his attorney, is also depicted. Brian Weddington and Susie Griffith will be performing the roles respectively, you can learn more about Brian and Susie here.  As we head into tech we want to introduce you to our talented production team. Jana Ross (Co-Adapter) is a documentary theatre artist, … Continue reading

Erasing the Distance’s UnGala 2019!

 Erasing the Distance cordially invites you to Take Care of You! That’s right, you are not invited to a gala with dancing in uncomfortable heels and stiff suits. On March 9, you are invited to Erasing the Distance’s first ever #SelfCareUnGala. There is no babysitter to pay and no small-talk to make. Instead, do what you need to take care of you, from take-out food in your pajamas to a long talk with a friend. … Continue reading

Reverend Cheryl T. Magrini Joins the Erasing the Distance Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Magrini to our Board of Directors! Reverend Cheryl T. Magrini, M.S.Ed., M.T.S., Ph.D., has served Chicago area United Methodist churches for over 30 years. Since 2005 her ministry has been with the First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple including teaching biblical studies that connect faith to life and shepherding the congregation’s mental health task force. In 2011, her family lost their son, Dan, to bipolar disorder at age … Continue reading

That Night Co-Adapter and Stage Manager: Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson became involved with Erasing the Distance when she was a senior at Dominican University. At that time, Artistic Director Heather Bodie was leading a residency at the school. Heather taught a class on the methodology of Erasing the Distance in fall of 2017. The class collected 22 stories, including stories from two teachers, two graduate students, and one alumni. Most of the stories were collected from undergraduate students. Of the stories collected, 10 were … 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

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.    

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


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