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 residencies that use movement, Dance, mime, and Theatre Arts to teach content in ELA, Science, and Social Studies. She teaches teachers and artists how and why to integrate the arts with non-arts curricular content. Author of The Performer’s Guide to the Collaborative Process, she guides young people, including youth at risk, in collaborative creative processes to devise original performances about issues important to them. Formerly a fellow with the A+ Schools Program, she is the president of the Southeast Center for Arts Integration and a member of Alternate ROOTS. She has taught Community-Based Performance at Duke. A member of TOUCH Mime Theater for 17 years, and director for Jelly Educational Theater for 4 years, she has performed and/or taught in 22 states.


Proof of insurance available upon request. ASC does NOT hold current documentation.


  2310 Stansbury Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

(919) 360-0690

(919) 942-4264

Collaborate to Create Original Performance

Program description

This residency for 6th –12th graders can take place in the classroom or virtually. Students 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, acceptance, and affirmations. They learn to support each other while taking the risk of creative thinking. They work collaboratively to create a performance in their own words. Some previous youth performances have dealt with depression and suicide prevention, life after death, gossip, body image and the media, growing up without a parent, and stereotyping, as well as lighter subjects. In-person residencies involve up to three classes per day and last from two to five weeks. Virtual residencies have a maximum of 15 students per class session.

Booking / scheduling contact

Sheila Kerrigan

   919-360-0690 c

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Multi-media, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

September, 2020 — June 2022

Available times:

During school hours or an after-school program

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

For in-person residencies, 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. For virtual residencies, students need access to the internet and ability to connect to a virtual classroom. I need access to the school’s digital learning platform, and technical support.


Your school, or after-school site, or students’ homes.

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.


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
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.