Thursday, August 20, 2009


Our interview technique workshop on the 16th went really well. Michael Rohd did a wonderful job leading the exercises and discussions. It was also nice to have members of our three different touring shows, staff, and extended family of artists working together for the afternoon. It reminded us of how much our little organizational family has grown in the past year, and of the importance of everyone getting to know each other.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Chris - great idea about the annual mental health training on current topics!

    We have just created our Mental Health Advisory Board with savvy professionals to give us guidance and insight on just such things. Our first meeting is in November 2009. I would encourage both other ETD artists/staff as well as our audience members and advocates to share with us what you'd like to be informed about - i.e. alternative treatments, advances in medications, research about how the brain functions and how it changes in someone with mental illness - so we can ask our new Board to chime in on these topics!

    ~Brighid, ETD Exec. Artistic Director