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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What Were They Thinking? Figures From History Speak


Program description

This residency can take place in a classroom or online. Before the residency, students in groups research a figure from history and outline what  made this person important–the who, what, where, when, and why. When the residency begins, students in class learn how to move in the classroom with focus, respect, safety, and control. Students in class or at home, with guidance from Sheila, explore


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: English, Language Arts, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

September 2019 to June 2022

Available times:

School day times.

Length of program: 5 sessions with each class, 50 min. to 1 hour per session, 4-5 classes per day
Space / technical requirements:

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.


Your school.

Fees / Ticketing:

$1700 per week: 4 classes per day for 5 days


NC Standard Course of Study:

Either: CCR Anchor Standard W.1 – _Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Or: CCR Anchor Standard W.2 – _Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. 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.

NC Essential Standards:

Social Studies History Standards: 4.H.1.3 – Explain how people, events and developments brought about changes to communities in various regions of North Carolina. 5.H.2 – Understand the role of prominent figures in shaping the United States. 6.H.2.4 – Explain the role that key historical figures and cultural groups had in transforming society (e.g. Mansa Musa, Confucius, Charlemagne and Qin Shi Huangdi). 7-8.H.1.3- Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives. From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts K-8 Standards: 4-8.C.1 – Use movement, voice and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. 5.C.1.2 – Apply appropriate vocal elements of volume, pitch, rate, tone, articulation, and vocal expression in various types of formal and informal presentations.

Supporting Materials

Rubric for 8th Grade History Residency



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


  • What Were They Thinking? Residency with 5th graders


“When I first saw Sheila demonstrate her skills as a mime during the teaching artist showcase at an ArtStart summer workshop, I was impressed by the way she moved, which communicated not only a high level of skill in her art form, but also a comedic undertone that captivated the participating teachers. When observing her in the classroom, I often noted the ease with which she interwove mime and language arts, demonstrating how using movement and imagination can encourage students to think and write in greater detail.
“Sheila Kerrigan possesses the requisite skills for a teaching artist: she clearly has mastered her art form, and she successfully utilizes it to create new entry points for teaching the standard course of study through collaboration with other teachers. What sets her apart from other teaching artists is her genuine interest in improving herself—which demonstrates to her students and collaborators that learning is never complete, and that it can bring joy and a sense of satisfaction to someone at any level of mastery.”

–Mary Beth Ausman, former evaluator, ArtStart


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.