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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

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

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

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 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


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