Sheila performs and teaches in schools, colleges, and community settings. She works with young people to create original performances about issues important to them. She uses mime and drama to teach communication, creativity, conflict resolution and collaboration. She conducts mime residencies that integrate Theatre Arts, English Language Arts, Health-PE, and Social Studies curricular goals. She teaches collaborative creative processes to high school, college, and graduate students.
Sheila is the author of The Performer’s Guide to the Collaborative Process. (Available through Lulu.com.)
She taught Community-Based Performance at Duke University and Creating Original Performance at the Bennington College July Program. She served on Alternate ROOTS’ Resources for Social Change Training Team, leading anti-racism and equitable power-sharing workshops, and conducting learning exchanges with artists and community activists on creating art for social change by, with, and for communities.
She has performed and/or taught in schools, colleges, prisons, juvenile detention centers, hospitals, street festivals, and on television. She toured the eastern US with TOUCH Mime Theater, performing, teaching, and collaboratively creating twenty original performances. She directed, wrote, and performed with Jelly Educational Theater.
A former fellow with A+ Schools and current president of the Southeast Center for Arts Integration, she teaches teachers how to integrate movement and drama in the classroom to boost learning, and she teaches artists how to integrate curricular goals into their school residencies.
Duke Students' Responses to "Community-Based Performance" Course:
For Educators, Artists, & Teaching Artists
Sheila leads workshops for teachers and teaching artists about using the arts to teach other subjects. She leads residencies in schools that integrate the arts with non-arts subjects. And she directs performers to help them create the best original performances possible!
She is the president of the Southeast Center for Arts Integration, (SECAI) and a former fellow with the North Carolina A+ Schools Program. She has conducted workshops and/or residencies with students in schools in 20 states, and with educators in 8 states.