South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Sheila Kerrigan, The Mime Who Talks!

SCAD ID - #131

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Certified Teaching Artist

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Chapel Hill NC

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  • Theatre

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Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


Sheila’s show for adults (especially seniors), “Mime Explains String Theory,” starts before birth, ends after death, and toddles through thirteen stages of Woman. Author of “The Performer’s Guide to the Collaborative Process,” she uses drama to teach communication, creativity, and collaboration. She works with youth to create issue-based performances. President of the SE Center for Arts Integration, she leads professional development for teachers and artists. She served on Alternate ROOTS’ Resources for Social Change, which uses the arts to spur progressive change. She taught Community-Based Performance at Duke and Creating Original Performance at Bennington College’s July Program. She performed with TOUCH Mime Theater for seventeen years, and with Jelly Educational Theater for four. She has performed and taught in 22 states, in schools, prisons, juvenile detention centers, senior centers, hospitals, and festivals.

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