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 2018, our calendar is filling up with custom and public performances. Custom programs are tailored to the needs of an organization. Public performances are open for anyone to attend.
Documentary Theater Residencies
In February, two Erasing the Distance residency performances are scheduled.
Associate Artistic Director Heather Bodie has been leading a residency at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Concurrently, Custom Programs Manager Jana Ross has been guiding a residency in downtown Chicago at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
These residencies have been happening throughout the fall. Scripts were shaped from interviews with the student bodies. It has been a wonderful opportunity to introduce the power of story sharing to these colleges. Because, these university students are the next generation of storytellers. You can purchase tickets to one of the Dominican University performances, February 22-25. However, the SAIC performances are limited to the SAIC campus community.
Public Performances and IGNITE
Work continues on A Criminal Kind of Justice. The script for A Criminal Kind of Justice is the result of 20 interviews, all with real people involved with the criminal justice system. Of these interviews, 10 were chosen to be highlighted.
Earlier, a version of this script was staged at Beloit College as The Forgiveness Project in October, 2017. The project had its first incarnation in May, 2016. Artistic Director Amy Sarno has continued to work on the script after the close of the show at Beloit College.
Then, once spring arrives, it’s time for IGNITE! Our annual gala, IGNITE is an opportunity to celebrate our successes. The event also hosts a performance to show a sample of our work to new and long-term supporters. IGNITE will be April 22, 2018, at the Irish American Heritage Center. If you are interested in sponsoring the event contact Executive Director Diana Clegg.
Stay tuned for more exciting developments! Without a doubt, there will be more documentary theater performances in summer and spring.