Heather has been working with Erasing the Distance since November 2013, as an actor and director. She joined the staff in August of 2016 as Associate Artistic Director and then stepped up to the role of Artistic Director in April of 2018. Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Theatre Arts where she placed her focus on acting and directing. She moved to Chicago in 2007 and became the co-founder and Executive Producing Director of The Fine Print Theatre Company in 2009 with an aim to foster new plays that reflect current social and political issues. During her time in Chicago she has been engaged in the development process of over 40 new plays and worked as an artist in many capacities around town. Since joining staff at Erasing the Distance she has traveled across the country with the Custom Programming, introducing the Erasing the Distance style of documentary theatre to thousands of people. In the fall of 2017 she served as an adjunct professor at Dominican University where she taught the Erasing the Distance methodology and ushered students through the full process of collecting, shaping and producing a piece built from the experiences of the Dominican University community. Heather brings to this position an intimate knowledge of Erasing the Distance and a great passion for the work.
Erasing the Distance directing credits include: Veterans Voices, The Forgiveness Project, Through My Daughter’s Eyes, My Other Full-Time Job, Breathe With Me.
Jana Ross is a documentary theatre artist, arts administrator and poet. She is overjoyed to have joined the Erasing the Distance team!
Jana is interested in sharing stories that are underrepresented in mainstream media with the goal of promoting dialogue across generational, cultural, racial, religious and socioeconomic lines. To that end, she has worked with Actors Theatre Workshop, Touchstone Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, American Theatre Company and Sideman Productions.
She enjoys thrifting, exercise, word games, trying (burning) new recipes, and taking advantage of all the cultural events and performances Chicago has to offer!