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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Discover Details and Elaboration Through Drama!


Program description

This residency can take place in the classroom or online.

How can drama put zing in student writing? How can students gain the focus and self-control they need to move and imagine in the classroom? How can we assess learning through drama? Sheila collaborates with teachers to create a residency that teaches basic writing objectives like using detail and elaboration in narrative writing. She can


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available beginning October, 2020, through June, 2022

Available times:

School hours

Length of program: 3-5 days: 45 minutes to 1 hour with each class per day; 4 classes per day, max.
Space / technical requirements:

In the classroom: Students need space to move in–desks can be moved or we can work in an open space. They need pencils, paper, and writing surfaces. Sheila needs a place where she can post some chart paper, some space on the board, and a little table space to hold her stuff.

For an online residency, students need access to broadband internet connection. Sheila needs to be able to access the school’s platforms (e.g.: Google Classroom) for digital learning. The teacher participates as a co-learner.


Classroom or virtual meeting space.

Fees / Ticketing:

$1700 per week of 4 classes per day, 5 days per week.


NC Standard Course of Study:

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. W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal transition words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure. W.2.3 …recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details…W.3.3 …develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details…  W.4.3.e  Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely. W.5.3.e Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.

NC Essential Standards:

Theatre Arts K-8 Standards: 1-6.C.1 – Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.  5-8.C.1.2 – Apply appropriate vocal elements of volume, pitch, rate, tone, articulation, and expression in various types of formal and informal presentations.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): 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


“I know the work we did in our residency stuck with them….My students have spoken more about adding details and elaboration since our residency. I know this is because you took time to explain to them how important it is to show emotion in body and writing. The way you had them do the control game, the acting out with the balloon, using their bodies to show the story then write about it, all helped to improve their writing.” –Dyanne Byas, 4th grade teacher, Winget Park Elementary


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.