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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Force & Motion: Science & Dance


Program description

Science, Dance, and mime share similar vocabularies and concepts, like weight (heavy-light), force (push-pull), direction, and speed. In this residency, students physically explore the meaning of, and demonstrate their understanding of, concepts like properties of matter, energy, sound waves, force, and/or motion, using the elements of dance. They grasp abstract ideas like gravity, or


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Dance, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: Dance, English, Literacy, Science, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

September 2019 –June 2022

Available times:

School days.

Length of program: 5 sessions with each class, 45 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. Sheila needs a place where she can post some chart paper, on the wall, some space on the board, and a little table space to hold her stuff.


Your school.

Fees / Ticketing:

$1,700 for a week.


NC Standard Course of Study:

NC ELA SCoS CCR Anchor Standard RI.1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. Anchor Standard RI.2 – Determine central ideas (RI) or themes (RL) of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. 3.3 Describe the relationship between…scientific ideas or concepts…using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. 4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a…scientific text… 5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more…events…or concepts in a …scientific…text…. NC ELA SCoS 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.  

NC Essential Standards:

Science grades 3–5: Forces & Motion; Matter: Properties & Change; Energy: Conservation & Transfer; Earth in the Universe; Earth Systems, Structures & Processes NB: Ms. Kerrigan plans with teachers which of the above Science concepts we will focus on. Dance Grades 3-5: Creation & Performance 1. Use choreographic principles, structures, and processes to create dances that communicate ideas, experiences, feelings, and images. Dance Movement Skills DM.1 Understand how to use movement skills in dance. Theatre Arts: 3-5: C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.

Supporting Materials

Force & Motion 5-Day Residency Plan


Rubric for Force & Motion


Workshop on Force & Motion



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



“Ms. Kerrigan is trustworthy, dependable, prompt, intelligent, and patient. She is a true professional with a positive and outgoing personality. She enjoys teaching and performing whether working with children or adults. The love she shares for people and the arts are evident in her work and the results are always outstanding….”

–Denise Barnes, Theatre Arts Teacher, Githens Middle School, 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.