In her performance, "The Mime Who Talks!" Kerrigan can't find a box she fits inside. Everybody knows mimes are silent, but she talks! She struggles against invisible forces that try to silence her. Everybody knows jugglers throw up and catch, but she drops! Using juggling and dropping as the metaphor, she tells a story about the importance of failure on the road to success. Her motto? "Success Through Failure!" She gets everybody to say it! She tells a story about positive thinking. She gives a lecture-demonstration that connects mime stories to literary stories. She even performs silent mime about how we are all connected! Schools can request The Scientific Mime!, which connects to 3rd-5th Science concepts, and includes parts of "The Mime Who Talks!" Both shows includes audience interaction. Curricular connections: English (writing), Theatre Arts, PE, Healthful Living, Guidance, and, if requested, Science. Geared for grades 3-8; maximum 350 audience members.
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.