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Creative thinking is a critical 21st Century Skill. What is it? How do we teach it? Through Theatre Arts! English Speaking and Listening Standards require students to "Engage effectively in collaborative discussions," and, "Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (E.G.: listening to others and taking turns speaking)." Students must work in groups and develop collaboration and communication skills to succeed in every subject. How do we help students gain collaboration, communication and listening skills? This engaging and interactive residency uses mime to teach communication, collaboration, and creative thinking skills. Students learn mime and practice elements of listening and responding to partners. They work in pairs and small groups to make creative choices, build on others' ideas, and collaborate to create short mime pieces. They think about and practice good audience etiquette and positive critical responses to the work of their peers. And they have fun!
Sheila Kerrigan, The Mime Who Talks!, has performed and taught in schools and communities in 22 states. She co-directed, co-created, and performed with TOUCH Mime Theater for 17 years, and directed and performed with Jelly Educational Theater for 4. She wrote "The Performer's Guide to the Collaborative Process." She served with Alternate ROOTS' Resources for Social Change and taught "Community-Based Performance, Where Art and Activism Intersect" at Duke. She works with youth-at-risk to create original performances about issues important to them, or about standards-based themes. A former Fellow with the A+ Schools Program and current president of the SE Center for Arts Integration, she teaches arts integration theory & practice to teachers.