Sheila Kerrigan

Sheila Kerrigan performs “The Scientific Mime, or What’s Up With Gravity?” for children and “Mime Explains String Theory!” for ages 13-113. She wrote “The Performer’s Guide to the Collaborative Process.” She teaches mime, juggling, communication, collaborative creativity, and improvisation, and she works with groups 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 schools, after-schools, and arts councils across NC and beyond. President of the SE Center for Arts Integration, Sheila conducts professional development on arts integration for teachers and teaching artists. REQUEST SHEILA KERRIGAN


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 that are hard for young people to grasp. But once you’ve seen a mime struggling against gravity, pushes, pulls, inertia, and other forces, they become real. Audience interaction, and belly laughs, included. Curricular connections: English, Theatre, PE, and Science: Understand motion and factors that affect motion, understand how various forces affect the motion of an object, understand force, motion, and the relationship between them.

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

Single Performance Fee- $625.00
Two Performances Fee- $975.00


Mime Explains String Theory!

Starting before birth and ending after death, the mime toddles through thirteen stages of woman with whimsy and wonder. Especially for adults/seniors, it’s a serious comedy with magical surprises, quirky humor, puppetry, balloons, metaphysics, and metaphor. The mime has an epiphany about the meaning of life and struggles to communicate what holds us all together (LOVE!), leaving audiences with that rising feeling. It can be followed by workshops and an open mic about epiphanies.

Special Requirements: Clean, clear floor. Performance area minimum dimensions: 24′ wide, 20′ deep, 10′ height. Audience must be able to see the floor. **5-hour set-up time.

Maximum Participants: 350

Duration:  60 minutes

Performance Fee- $625.00

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

Collaborate to Create Original Performance

For Middle, High School, and College students, this residency emphasizes collaboration and communication skill-building. Students experience multiple approaches to collaborative creative thinking while working together to devise an original performance about an issue or concept that is important to them. They attend to HOW they work as well as WHAT they work on. They draft group guidelines, check in, use inclusive decision-making, reflect on progress, and give affirmations. They chart their ideas on a wall map, decide what to keep, research, write, rehearse, and perform.*Minimum 5 days needed for residency.

Maximum Participants: 25

Special Requirements:This residency requires enough room for everyone to move around at one time, a wall, and writing space for all. I expect to collaborate closely with the teacher.

Residency Fee: $100.00 per class/hr.


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

Forces & Motion: Science & Dance

How are Dance and Science Standards connected? How can movement help students understand, explain, and remember Science concepts? Ms. Kerrigan collaborates with teachers to choose Science Standards to investigate. Students learn Dance elements like: body, time, space, energy, weight, speed, force. They work in small groups to develop understanding of their Science concept, then create a dance that illustrates the concept and incorporates the dance elements. They perform for their peers and receive feedback about Science concepts they communicated and the Dance elements they demonstrated.*Residency length varies based on school needs.

Maximum Participants: 25
Special Requirements:We must have enough room for all students to move freely at one time. Students will also need space to work in small groups, read, and write.

Residency Fee: $90.00 per class/ hr.

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: Communicating thoughts, feelings, characters, and stories.

Maximum Participants: 25

Workshop Fee: $90.00


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

Master Class
Movement for Actors

This master class gives Theatre Arts students tools to physicalize characters based on their investigations of body language, non-verbal communication, and physical approaches to character. Through guided explorations they fire up their imagination and develop characters that are strong, consistent and believable.

The work we do depends on the needs of the Theatre Arts teacher, the text the class is exploring, and his or her students. I meet with the drama teacher beforehand to discuss the texts challenges and physical opportunities, and set goals.” *1 – 2 hours needed for master class.

Maximum Participants: 30

Master Class Fee: $90.00