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 near and dear to my heart,” says Bodie. “I’ve seen our work have real impact on so many people and I’m excited to expand our reach. My experience with Erasing the Distance continues to drive me to create documentary theatre focused on issues of mental health. These performances start necessary conversations and help people realize they are not alone.”
Bodie has been working with Erasing the Distance since November 2013. She has directed many Erasing the Distance public productions including Breathe With Me, My Other Full-Time Job, Veterans Voices, The Forgiveness Project, and Through My Daughter’s Eyes. She has also directed many Erasing the Distance custom productions, as well as working with theater companies around the city of Chicago.
Bodie graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Theatre Arts and Music. She is the Co-Founder and former Associate Artistic Director of The Fine Print Theatre Company. Since 2007, she has been engaged in the development process of over 40 new plays in Chicago.
“We are thrilled to have Heather as our Artistic Director,” says Executive Director Diana Clegg. “She has continually shared her talents, knowledge, and energy with Erasing the Distance over the past five years in many different capacities. Her skills have truly grown the organization and we look forward to her being our artistic leader for years to come.”
Her position was formally announced at IGNITE 2018, see photos from our most successful fundraiser yet!