Sheila Kerrigan performs “The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity?” for children and “Mime Explains String Theory!” for adults. She wrote “The Performer’s Guide to the Collaborative Process;” teaches mime, juggling, communication, collaboration, and theater, 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, was a Fellow with A+ Schools, and is president of the SE Center for Arts Integration. ARTS-CURRICULUM INTEGRATION: (THEATRE) (MOVEMENT/SCIENCE) (LANGUAGE ARTS) (MIME)


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

The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity?

Science is full of abstract words and invisible forces, but once you’ve seen a mime struggling against gravity, pushes, pulls, and other forces, they become real. “The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity?” illustrates concepts in 2nd–5th grade Physical Science: sound waves, mass, air, motion, etc. Audience interaction: the audience sees, hears, says, and repeats gestures for key vocabulary. Belly laughs included–they help to anchor the memory. 45 minutes.

Max Participants: 350

Duration: 45 minutes

Special Requirements: Clean, clear floor. Audience must be able to see the floor. 2-hour set-up time. I bring a sound system. Yes, sound. I’m the Mime Who Talks!

Single Performance Fee- $562.50
Two Performances Fee- $1,000.00

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

Create Original Performance–Change Your World

Emphasizing collaboration and communication, this residency provides multiple approaches to creative thinking. Students devise an original performance about an issue that is important to them. They attend to HOW they work as well as WHAT they work on.

Max Participants: 30

Duration: Duration varies: from one to five weeks of one hour per day, or 3-5 days of longer periods–3-5 hours per day.

Special Requirements: We need wall space where we can put up big paper and leave it up for the duration of the residency. We need a performance space for tech rehearsal and final performance.

Fee: Create Original Performance Residency Pricing

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

Communicate! Collaborate! Create! Mime!

Students engage in mime and theatre activities to learn World Class Skills: Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, Collaboration, Teamwork, and Communication. They have fun, interact, create, communicate, and reflect on these life-long learning skills.

Max Participants: 30

Duration: 3 days needed to complete residency: one class period per day, per class

Special Requirements:
Students need enough space for all of them to move at the same time. Most classrooms will serve, if desks can be moved.

Fee: Communicate Mime Residency Pricing