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

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 adapt the residency to teach other ELA standards, for example: using dialogue and description to develop experiences and events, using concrete words and phrases and sensory details, and more. Students first practice moving with control in the classroom and learn how to do mime. They practice mime in groups. Sheila guides them through imaginative, acted-out experiences full of sensory details as pre-writing exercises. The class builds a word bank using words and images they discovered on their feet. Then they write about their experience. Students collaborate by reading aloud to partners, offering positive responses, and making suggestions for revision. Students revise and read aloud again to a larger group. They collaborate to create mini-performances based on their writings, and perform them for each other. While they are improving their writing, they also are practicing reading aloud with appropriate volume, rate, articulation, fluency, and expression. The residency builds collaboration skills, involves visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning pathways, engages multiple intelligences (bodily-spatial, verbal-linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal), fosters creative thinking, and climbs to the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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

Booking / scheduling contact

Sheila Kerrigan

   919-360-0690 c

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Theatre Arts
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
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.