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.


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  2310 Stansbury Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

(919) 360-0690

(919) 942-4264

Performance: The Scientific Mime, or, What's Up Wi...

Program description

This interactive show was designed for live audiences. However, I will have a video of the show available for schools, and I will be able to live-stream it.

Mimes struggle with invisible forces. Children struggle with abstract scientific principles. In this new show, “The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity?” Kerrigan demonstrates and defines concepts that seem abstract to young people–invisible forces like gravity, forms of energy like sound waves, concepts like weight, pull, push, friction, mass, inertia, and more. Expect silly approaches to “weighty” topics. (Get it? It’s “heavy.” Like gravity! and “light.” Like weightlessness!) Juggling provides another window into force, motion, speed, direction, and gravity. The audience participates in the show by performing sound-and-motion gestures for key vocabulary with the mime.

Also included is a lecture-demonstration about mime that connects to NCSCoS English Language Arts Standard (CCR Anchor Standard RL.1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it), and an anti-gravity mime piece that sparks the imagination and lifts spirits. The material addresses NC Essential Standards in Science, Forces & Motion, for 2nd through 5th grades.

Science concepts taught in the show: Sound; Forces & Motion; Matter: Properties & Change. Key vocabulary: gravity, force, push, pull, balanced forces, sound, vibrate, inertia, mass, energy, friction, moving air, simple machines.

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

Booking / scheduling contact

Sheila Kerrigan


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Virtual/Online Program
Population served: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Language Arts, Science, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available year-round.

Available times:

Available at most times.

Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

For on-site performances: Set-up: I arrive two hours before show-time to set up. I need someone to meet me, let me into the space and help with tech.

Stage: • either: a proscenium stage (24′ width by 18′ depth by 10′ ceiling height minimum dimensions); or: a gym floor with audience seating on one side on bleachers; • the audience must be able to see the floor •a smooth, clean floor suitable for dance—(no splinters, uneven surfaces, nails, or cracks).

Sound: • I bring a small sound system with a vocal mic on a stand , and a wireless mic; I may want to plug into your more powerful sound system if appropriate. • In that case, I need a competent sound technician who can work the sound equipment and solve problems.

For a virtual performance, I need to be able to access the school’s digital platform, and students need robust internet connectivity. A live-streamed performance can be followed by a workshop or questions.


Your school’s auditorium or gym, or online live-stream, or video.

Fees / Ticketing:

1 in-school performance: $600. Live-streamed performance, $500.

2 in-school performances in 1 location in 1 day: $900.

3 in-school performances in 2 locations in 2 days: $1300.

4 performances in 2 locations in 2 days: $1650.

10 performances, 5 locations, 5 days: $4,000.


NC Standard Course of Study:

In the lecture-demonstration, Sheila shows correlations between literary conventions and structures and those in mime/theatre, such as character, setting, objective, conflict/struggle, and action/plot. CCR.RL.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually… RL.4.7 Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text…

NC Essential Standards:

NCDPI’s Department of Arts Education has embraced a three-part Comprehensive Arts Education goal: Students should have arts education, arts integration, and arts exposure. This performance comprises all three.
Theatre Arts:  C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. A.1 – Analyze literary texts and performances. Science: 3.P.1 Understand motion and forces that affect motion. 4.P.1 Explain how various forces affect the motion of an object. 5.P.1 Understand force, motion, and the relationship between them. Healthful Living-PE: 3-8.MC.2 Understand concepts, principles, strategies and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement. 6.MEH.3.1 Interpret failure in terms of its potential for learning and growth.


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 performance is cancelled due to acts of God or other circumstances out of our control, we will work to reschedule on a mutually-agreed-upon date. Cancellation of a contracted performance by the presenter will represent breach of contract, and presenter 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.