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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

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


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