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

Communicate! Collaborate! Create! Mime!

Program description

The NCSCoS Speaking and Listening thread requires students to collaborate with partners and small groups. How do we teach the skills involved in communication, speaking and listening, collaboration, giving and taking, leading and following, seeing and responding? Through Mime!

In this residency, (either in class or online) students learn to move safely and responsibly in the classroom or at home. They learn mime and use mime exercises that activate the body and the imagination. They take part in activities that teach communication skills, like focusing on a partner, leading, following, and accepting ideas. They engage in collaborative discussions to make mini-performances that incorporate the mime they are learning, and perform them in class or online. While they are improving their mime skills, they also are learning skills in small-group discussion, problem-solving, decision-making, and creative thinking. The residency builds 21st century skills (collaboration, creative thinking, communication, critical thinking); involves visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning pathways; engages multiple intelligences (bodily-spatial, verbal-linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal), and climbs to the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Booking / scheduling contact

Sheila Kerrigan

   919-360-0690 c

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Residency, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

August, 2020 through  June 2022

Available times:

School days

Length of program: 1-10 days; 45-minutes to 1 hour per day with each class, 4 classes per day in classroom. Online: 3 classes per day.
Space / technical requirements:

Students need space to move in–desks can be moved or we can work in an open space, or outdoors or in their homes. In classrooms, 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. Online, she must have access to the school’s online platforms. Students must be able to access the internet with a decent connection. Sheila may need technical help, depending on the platforms in use.


Your school or your students at home or outdoors

Fees / Ticketing:

$1,700 per week for a residency involving up to 5 classes per day in school, 5 days per week. 3 classes per day online.


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 RL.7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

NC Essential Standards:

Theatre Arts Standards: Grades K- 8 C.1. Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. 3.C.1.1 Use non-verbal expression to communicate elements of characterization, including age and physicality. 4-5.C.1.1 Use a variety of postures, gaits, and mannerisms to express a variety of characters in the presentations of stories. 6.C.1.1 Use movement and acting skills to express a variety of emotions to an audience. 7.C.1.1 Use physical movement and acting skills to express a variety of characters to an audience. K.C.2.1 Use dramatic play to improvise stories and situations. 1.C.2.1 Use improvisation to communicate activities in a variety of situations. 3.C.2.1 Use improvisation to present a variety of simple stories or situations. 4.C.2.1 Use improvisation to tell stories and express ideas. 5.C.2.2 Use improvisation to create characters and solve problems. 6.C.2.1 Use improvisation and acting skills to role play various scenarios and given situations. 7.C.2.1 Use acting skills, such as observation, concentration, and characterization, to perform original scenes. Healthful Living-PE Grade K-5.PR.4.2 Use cooperation and communication skills to achieve common goals. Grade 6-7.PR.4.2 Use well-developed cooperation skills to accomplish group goals in both cooperative and competitive situations.


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.