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Teacher's Choice: Arts-Integrated Residency

Teacher's Choice: Arts-Integrated Residency
Sheila Kerrigan works with teachers to design a residency that utilizes Theatre Arts and/or Dance to teach subjects in the Common Core and Essential Standards. For example, students might create dances that illustrate key scientific concepts like Forces and Motion: the influence of the sun and moon on tides, or States of Matter: solid, liquid and gas. Or primary-grade students might use their bodies, movement, and dance to investigate and learn Science: relative positions, ELA: positional words, and Math: composing and decomposing shapes. Or students may illustrate geographic landforms and how they evolve over time using original scripts and dramatic presentations. Or they might create Readers' Theatre performances about a literary or historical topic to boost reading fluency, learn simple group discussion methods, and practice speaking and listening skills. If you are a teacher with an idea you'd like to try, contact Sheila!

Artist Background

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.

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