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Erasing the Distance (ETD) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health through the power of performance.
Erasing the Distance (ETD) uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.
ETD collects true stories from people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues. The storyteller’s words are sculpted verbatim into theatrical monologues and scenes. Our ensemble of professional actors then brings the stories to life for live audiences across the state and country.
Every ETD performance is followed by a moderated, interactive dialogue so that audience members can process and discuss the themes in the stories they have just seen. ETD also provides mental health literature from nationally recognized and local organizations free of charge so that audience members can access help if they need it.
Erasing the Distance has three primary branches of programming:
At least once a year, ETD stages shows at local theater venues for the general public. Our productions--often world premieres--are presented in partnership with mental health professionals that offer actor training and on-site audience support and information. Every performance is followed by a moderated, interactive dialogue between the cast and audience that addresses some of the themes just seen. We present these shows to the general public so that more people can witness our work and join us in conversation about issues of mental health.
ETD has a vast repertoire of stories that explore various mental health issues and feature people of many different ages, cultural backgrounds, racial groups, and perspectives. We even have a few stories in Spanish! We perform these stories at schools, faith groups, conferences, community organizations, and workplaces across the state and country.Education
ETD’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. ETD leads presentations, workshops, trainings, and longer-term programs to teach artists, mental health advocates, and current/future health professionals our specific methodology.
Founded in 2005, ETD’s performances have been seen by over 50,000 people to date. For more information, please visit our website at www.ErasingTheDistance.org.
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