DocFest2018, A Documentary Theatre Festival Exploring Mental Health Issues

Thank You for a Successful DocFest 2018!
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The two feature performances included the following:

Learning 101

Focusing on whole child wellness, Learning 101 examines the role trauma plays in classrooms. Stories of Chicago Public School educators and students magnify an “average” school today and the challenges they face.

Adapters: Mariana Green* and Heather Schwartz
Director: Kira Silverstein
Performers: Meghan Harkins, Rolo Rodriguez, and PJ Walker

Over the Moon

From puberty to menopause, the female reproductive system affects mental health. Empathically examining fertility/infertility, illness, motherhood and more, the stories in Over the Moon provide insight and compassion into the female experience.

Adapters: Maura Kidwell* and Katie Relkin*
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Performers: Claire Alpern and Claudia DiBiccari

*Erasing the Distance Artistic Company member

Each feature performance is preceded by a monologue reading. The topics being explored in the monologues include bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, disordered eating, and more.

Join us for our DocFest2018 healing and wellness workshops! 
Each workshop begins at 2 pm and will last approximately 90 min.

Trauma and the Body
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Beto Chavez, a member of the Erasing the Distance clinical company, guides us through an informational session about trauma and its manifestation in our bodies. Participants learn about the impact trauma has on our mental health.

Food and Mood
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Led by Sheila Petersen, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, this workshop is about how different foods impact our brains and therefore influence our emotional lives. Sheila is a writer, teacher and change coach dedicated to helping people who are ready to make changes in their lives through one-on-one coaching.

Emotion In Motion
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Erasing the Distance company member Wannapa Eubanks guides a workshop exploring storytelling using Butoh-inspired movement. Using meditation, mindfulness, flowing energy through Qi-qong, and some Noguchi Taiso technique (Water Body movement), Wannapa is joined by theatre artist and sound teller Laura Crotte who sets the soundscape for our
time together with a collage of unique percussion instruments from around the world.

All workshops are free to attend, but seating is limited.

Please make reservations at In your message, please include your name, contact phone number, workshop you want to attend, and number of slots you will need.

Tickets for Learning 101 and Over the Moon can be found here:

Tickets: In Advance $15, At the Door $20, Student $13, Group (10 or more) $10. Purchase tickets at
DocPass $45: Unlimited access to all festival events. Purchase your DocPass here.