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

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Narrative Writing Through Drama


Program description

This residency can take place online or in the classroom. It is often a struggle for 3rd through 5th graders to write narratives with effective technique, descriptive details, concrete words, clear sequences, temporal words, a beginning with a sense of place and a logical conclusion. Drama can provide a powerful pre-writing tool. In this residency, students learn how to move in the classroom with


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

September 2020 — June 2022

Available times:

School day times

Length of program: 45-60 minutes each session; 4-5 classes per day; 5 days total
Space / technical requirements:

For an in-class residency: 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.


your school or online platform

Fees / Ticketing:

$1,700 for a week residency


NC Standard Course of Study:

CCR ELA. Anchor Standard 3-5.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details and well-structured event sequences. 3.d. Use temporal transition words and phrases to signal event order. 3.e. Provide a sense of closure. 4-5.b. Orient the reader by establishing a situation…. 4-5.d. Use a variety of transitional words and phrases (and clauses) to manage the sequence of events. 4-5.e. Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely. 4-5.f. Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

NC Essential Standards:

NC Essential Standards in Theatre Arts Taught 3-5.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 character in the presentation of stories.

Supporting Materials

5-Day Residency Plan for Mime and Narrative Residency


Narrative Writing Template



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


  • 5th graders play the control game while exploring emotional expression, work on showing details while learning mime, write in the voice of historical figures, work in groups to create a performance about historical figures.


“Thank you Ms. Kerrigan for teaching me how to put elaboration and the other stuff in my writing by acting it out. I have improved a lot because of you. Thank you!! Thank you!!!!” — Jackson at Winget Park Elementary School.

“Dear Mrs. Kerrigan

I enjoyed when you did the box and robot. I had fun while you were here. It looks awesome when you mime like the staris (stairs). You taught me a lot about writing and mime. I hope sometime you could come again to visit. Thank you for coming everyone liked having you.


Sean” (Winget Park ES)

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.