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

What Were They Thinking? Figures From History Spea...

Program description

This residency can take place in a classroom or online. Before the residency, students in groups research a figure from history and outline what  made this person important–the who, what, where, when, and why. When the residency begins, students in class learn how to move in the classroom with focus, respect, safety, and control. Students in class or at home, with guidance from Sheila, explore imaginatively, dramatically, and physically their character’s context and circumstances. For example, for Revolutionary War figures, they learn about and mime how lamps were lit; they mime starting a fire in a fireplace and cooking over it, imagining the smell of smoke and the kinds of foods people ate; they imagine how it would feel to wear clothing made with 18th century methods and materials. They then write in the voice of their character, including sensory details. Depending on the learning goals, they might write his or her opinion or an argument, supported with reasons, or they might write an autobiography, or a letter from the figure. They read their writing to their group and collaborate to revise it. They collaborate to create a small, real-time or on-line performance in which they read aloud their writing in the voice and character of their historical figure. They perform their work for their classmates, and receive peer critical response based on the residency’s goals. Ms. Kerrigan provides the teacher with an assessment rubric.

Booking / scheduling contact

Sheila Kerrigan

   919-360-0690 c, 919-929-1624 h

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: English, Language Arts, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

September 2019 to June 2022

Available times:

School day times.

Length of program: 5 sessions with each class, 50 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. 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.


Your school.

Fees / Ticketing:

$1700 per week: 4 classes per day for 5 days


NC Standard Course of Study:

Either: CCR Anchor Standard W.1 – _Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Or: CCR Anchor Standard W.2 – _Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. 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:

Social Studies History Standards: 4.H.1.3 – Explain how people, events and developments brought about changes to communities in various regions of North Carolina. 5.H.2 – Understand the role of prominent figures in shaping the United States. 6.H.2.4 – Explain the role that key historical figures and cultural groups had in transforming society (e.g. Mansa Musa, Confucius, Charlemagne and Qin Shi Huangdi). 7-8.H.1.3- Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives. From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts K-8 Standards: 4-8.C.1 – Use movement, voice and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. 5.C.1.2 – Apply appropriate vocal elements of volume, pitch, rate, tone, articulation, and vocal 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.