In this spirit, we have decided to occasionally introduce you to members of our artistic family too. So to kick off the introductions, I would like you to meet Chris Hauser.
Chris has been working with Erasing the Distance for almost 2 years. He is an actor in two of our touring productions, The People I Know, and Facing the Rain. He also helps us with script devising work. His interest in becoming actively involved in our story gathering process motivated him to attend our workshop last Sunday. Here is what he had to say about the experience:
"I think the interview workshop was an extremely valuable practice. The layout was informal but this felt necessary because of the fluidity required for the interviewing process. The use of on-the-feet exercises combined with reflection and discussion kept the workshop from slumping into a stupor of forgettable information-spoonfeeding. I was enthralled by the material and enthusiasm of the instructor, Michael Rohd.
I say keep the workshops coming! I believe ETD would benefit from an annual/bi-annual course in current medical research for mental illness...Keeping up to date on what is being said by whom -- what works and what doesn't -- can help the artistic ensemble remain effectively informed during post-performance discussion."
We think Chris' idea to have annual mental health trainings for all our actors is a wonderful idea! Thanks for the feedback Chris, and it's nice to meet you.