B0127P 0224Sheila Kerrigan performs “The Mime Who Talks!” for children and “Mime Explains String Theory!” for adults. She wrote “The Performer’s Guide to the Collaborative Process.” She teaches mime, juggling, communication, collaborative creativity, and works with at-risk youth to create original performance. She taught Community-Based Performance at Duke, served on Alternate ROOTS’ Resources for Social Change, and works as a teaching artist for educational programs and arts councils across NC and beyond. She conducts professional development on arts integration for teachers and teaching artists as a Fellow with the A+ Schools and president of the SE Center for Arts Integration. BOOK SHEILA KERRIGAN

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
The Mime Who Talks!

In “The Mime Who Talks!” Kerrigan interacts with audience members as they enter. She tells stories (illustrating with juggling) about the importance of failure and of maintaining a positive attitude to achieve success. (HE.MEH) She invites an audience member on stage to help. She does a lecture-demonstration about mime, connecting to ELA.R.1.1. She invites the audience to show her body language, and asks them questions. (TA.C.1) She mimes her struggles against invisible forces to communicate something important

Special Requirements: Clean, clear floor. Audience must be able to see the floor. 2-hour set-up time.

Maximum Participants: 350

Duration:45-50 minutes

Performance Fee:

Single Performance Fee- $625.00
Two Performances Fee- $1,000


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
What Were They Thinking? Figures from History

This residency begins with dramatic, imaginative explorations of historical figures students have researched (SS.H), like civil rights leaders (5th), or the Regulators (4th & 8th), or literary figures . Students then collaborate (ELA.SL) to write arguments with reasons (ELA.W) in the voice of these figures and perform their writing. They learn to use mime, movement and voice to communicate ideas and feelings (TA.C). Through acting as their characters, they gain interest in and deepen understanding of historical or fictional characters, and discover details in their writing.

Maximum Participants: 25

Residency Fee: $93.75 per class/hr.


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Communicate! Collaborate! Create! Mime!

In this fun, educational residency, kinesthetic learners shine. Students learn mime, body-language and non-verbal communication. They practice listening skills in pairs and groups, and reflect on the importance of focusing on a partner, accepting offers, and adding to what a partner does. They collaborate on mime pieces. Students will: know what mime is; communicate through movement; focus on, listen to, lead, and follow others. They will use creative thinking strategies: agreeing on guidelines, taking turns presenting ideas, brainstorming physically and practicing positive speech in critiques.

Maximum Participants: 25

Residency Fee: $93.75 per class/ hr.

*Residency length varies based on school needs.


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Participants will: Know the definition of pantomime. Communicate imaginary objects, characters, places, and situations using movement. Collaborate; invent original mimes; perform them. Practice audience etiquette.Give positive critiques. Skills Taught Cooperation: Focusing on a partner; accepting offers; leading and following; trying everyone’s ideas; Communication: Non-verbal communication of ideas, characters, feelings, atmospheres, and imaginary objects to others; using positive speech; Creative thinking: Committing to the first idea; accepting and adding to ideas; Self-expression: using mime to communicate thoughts, feelings, characters, and stories.

Maximum Participants: 30

Workshop Fee: $93.75


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Master Class
Movement for Actors

Acting students in grades 6-12 will: investigate body language, non-verbal communication, mime, and physical approaches to building a character (e.g.: image work, energy work, kinesthetic awareness, rhythm, dynamics, and/or developing physical presence). This master class can help students approach a play that has physical demands like non-human characters, age, etc.. Ms. Kerrigan plans with the theatre teacher to focus on specific student needs and challenges as far as observing, describing, and altering body language, and physical approaches to character development.

Maximum Participants: 28

Master Class Fee: $93.75