Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Meet Rhonda

ETD took a trip to Springfield to perform two of our pieces for the 8th Annual School Health Center Conference attendees on Friday. We felt so proud and excited to be able to present for a group of people who work year round to improve the health and well being of students.

In celebration of this performance, I want to introduce you to ensemble member Rhonda Bynum, who performed a story about a young woman struggling with an eating disorder at the conference for us.

Five Questions with: Rhonda Marie Bynum
ETD Collaborator since: March/April 2009

1. What is your role with Erasing the Distance?
I am part of the What's Behind Our Eyes and Facing the Rain ensembles.  I have also acted in many of ETD's specialty shows.

2. When you are not working with ETD, what might you be doing?
When not working with ETD, I am auditioning, in acting class, and working as a speech-language pathologist (the job I went to college and grad school for), in homes and schools.

3. Can you share with us your favorite ETD moment?
My favorite ETD moment, oh, it's so hard to choose...I would have to say the entire "inaugural" season of "What's Behind Our Eyes." We had no idea how the students would respond to the stories and our performances of them and we got some of the most amazing responses from the students. I was able to see how important and relevant our work is, and it felt great.

4. What do you think is a pressing mental health need in your community?
In the African American community, I feel like mental health issues are often downplayed or ignored or judged to be things that we can just "get over." Although some are making an effort to gain more awareness about mental illness, we still have a ways to go with regard to acceptance of mental illness and utilizing resources for it.

5. Can you tell us your favorite way to de-stress?
My favorite way to de-stress is to listen to music and get outside!

Thanks Rhonda!  


Rhonda will be on the Chicago Dramatists stage in their upcoming show "Dental Society Midwinter Meeting" scheduled to open in mid July.   

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