Education & Training

Erasing the Distance’s approach to gathering, transcribing, and staging true stories is unique, and we often have people interested in learning how we do what we do. 

In response to this demand, Erasing the Distance leads a limited number of residencies each year.

PARTNER EXAMPLE: Dominican University

Artistic Director Heather Bodie led the second Erasing the Distance residency at Dominican University in the fall of 2017, nearly a decade after the first residency led by Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Brighid O’Shaughnessy.

Bodie entered Dominican as an Adjunct Professor. She taught a class on Erasing the Distance’s methodology so the students could collect stories from individuals in the Dominican community who have been impacted by mental health issues. 22 stories were collected, 10 were shaped and developed for the stage.

The final performances took place at Dominican’s Martin Recital Hall, February 22-25, 2018.

PARTNER EXAMPLE: School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

Custom Programs Manager Jana Ross collaborated with the SAIC Disability and Learning Resource Center to create a collage of stories from students on campus who identify as having learning disabilities, mental health issues, or physical disabilities.

Five primary stories were woven together for the stage, and the performance was designed with the art practices of the storytellers themselves in mind.

The final performance took place at SAIC on February 23, 2018. This was the first Erasing the Distance residency at SAIC.

Visit our blog for more information on these residencies and other programming.