Sheila Kerrigan, The Mime Who Talks!

Sheila Kerrigan, The Mime Who Talks!

Sheila Kerrigan performs her new show, The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity? for children in grades 2-5, and Mime Explains String Theory! for adults. She teaches workshops on mime, juggling, movement for actors, creating original performance, and collaboration. She conducts educational

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Collaborate to Create Original Performance


Program description

In this residency for 6th –12th graders, they work collaboratively to devise an original performance about issues important to them. Especially effective for reluctant writers and youth-at-risk, this residency renews students’ interest in drama, movement, creative writing, and poetry as vital means of self-expression. The young people learn about and practice inclusion, trust-building,


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: Language Arts, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

September, 2019 — June 2022

Available times:

During school hours or an after-school program

Length of program: 60 minutes per session
Space / technical requirements:

We need a room where we can post information on the wall and keep it there for the duration of the residency. The room must have enough open space for everyone to move at one time, plus writing space–tables and chairs–for all. We need to be able to print copies of student writing. For the final performance, we need technical support, a performance space, and help with publicity.


Your school or after-school site.

Fees / Ticketing:

$1,700. per week


NC Standard Course of Study:

CCR Anchor Standard SL.1 – _Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. CCR Anchor Standard W.3 – _Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

NC Essential Standards:

Theatre Arts C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. Guidance COMPETENCY 007.00 Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and interpersonal skills to help understand and respect self and others.

Supporting Materials

Plan for Residency



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


  • Small Group Working on a Performance Piece


“I had the pleasure of working with Sheila Kerrigan for a five-week residency at North Stokes High School. Sheila’s command of her craft along with her enthusiastic approach to teaching inspired my students to perform far above my highest expectations…. I would strongly recommend Sheila Kerrigan and her unique program to any school-age group.” –Kathryn K. Tatum, Theater Arts Teacher, North Stokes HS, NC

“Sheila has a deep and genuine appreciation for other peoples’ ideas and has a particular skill for drawing them out. She worked with my group for only one semester each year, but was able to coordinate performances on topics including suicide, and growing up without a father. Her emphasis was on the process of creation, rather than the performance of the work, so participating in these projects was very meaningful for the students who acted as scriptwriters and performers. I observed students who were reticent in other settings to talk about issues confronting them, openly express their feelings through these productions. … Sheila confronts problems with patience and resolve. She is very sensitive to group dynamics and appropriately expects individual participants to contribute positively and responsibly. She works through even difficult problems with grace and humor.” –Leigh Bordley, Executive Director, Partners for Youth, Durham, NC

Cancellation Policy

If a residency is cancelled due to acts of God, illness, accident, or other circumstances out of our control, we will work to reschedule on a mutually-agreed-upon date. Cancellation by a school of a contracted residency will represent breach of contract, and school will pay damages of 50% of the agreed-upon fee. Cancellation less than 30 days before the contracted date will result in full payment of the agreed-upon fee on the contracted date. If I am unable to fulfill this contract, I will notify you no later than 10 days prior to the date of the contracted services.