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What's Up With Sheila 2020

Lockdown

Coming Excitement!
Since COVID 19 arrived in NC, all my upcoming workshops, school residencies, and performances have been cancelled or postponed.
I started a Facebook page, Fun Family Activities During COVID. 
 
I have been learning how to teach online, and posting short, experimental videos on YouTube. 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAiv-AylqyDu88U8-vfMAHg
 
I am working on an online mime course for young people. Stay tuned!
Before COVID 19
January
Led a two-week circus arts residency at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro with K-5th graders. They learned juggling, plate-spinning, giant bubble-making, hooping, devil-sticking, and the all-important concept that circus artists are family, and they support each other. At the end of each week, they performed their new skills for their families.
February
The Southeast Center for Arts Integration provided a digital literacy workshop for 30 teachers at the Cameron Art Museum in  Wilmington, NC. Hillsborough Filmmaker Andrea Degette  demonstrated ways to use video, green-screen, and interview techniques in the classroom.
 
Taught mime at Durham's Club Boulevard Elementary School's after-school program.
Spent a week in Spartanburg, SC, in residency at Pine Street Elementary. Worked with 120 5th graders on "Forces and Motion, Dance and Drama." They performed brief pieces that illustrated scientific concepts for their families. They were delighted that the audience laughed at the funny parts!
 
March
The last event before COVID cancelled everything: Musician Shana Tucker led a delightful digital literacy workshop for 20 teachers at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington. They sang together, they read poetry, they went on line to find beats to go with  the poetry, and they performed spoken word to their beats!

2019 Highlights

I am grateful to all the folks who brought me into their communities to perform and teach! I loved every opportunity! I fall in love with the educators and students I work with, every time! Many thanks!

January

Premiered The Scientific Mime, or, What's Up With Gravity?  at JW Grier Elementary in Charlotte, NC, through the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg!

 Steve Clarke

March

Taught a residency at Pine Street ES in Spartanburg, SC: 5th graders researched important Figures in the Civil Rights Movement, wrote monologues and dialogues in their voices, and performed them.

Led an arts integration workshop for the faculty of OP Earle Elementary in Landrum, SC.

Led multiple workshops for the Durham Arts Council's CAPS program on "Force and Motion: Science and Dance" for 4th and 5th graders.

Performed The Scientific Mime, or, What's Up With Gravity? for families at the Gigglemug Fest in Burlington, NC.

Robert Thomason,

Burlington News & Record

Coached high school students on Juggling, Body Language and Non-Verbal Communication for Actors, and Collaborative Creative Process at the NC Thespian Festival, Greensboro, NC.

April

Taught workshops called, "Communicate! Collaborate! Create! Mime!" for children in multiple schools with the Durham Arts Council's CAPS after-school program.

Performed and taught juggling to families at El Dia de Los Libros festival in Siler City, NC.

May

Provided professional development workshops on arts integration for teachers at the Cameron Art Museum, with the Southeast Center for Arts Integration, in Wilmington, NC.

June

Performed The Scientific Mime, or, What's Up With Gravity? for students at Hertford Grammar school in Hertford NC.

Gave a professional development workshop on arts integration--Force and Motion: Science, Dance, and Theatre--for Wake County teachers through United Arts of Raleigh-Wake.

​Conducted a residency with 75 young people on Circus Arts, culminating in a circus performance for their families, with the Arts Council of Bertie County and the Bertie YMCA.

July

Spent a week teaching "Communicate! Collaborate! Create! Mime!" workshops with children in Durham Public Schools summer camps, through the Durham Arts Council's CAPS program.

October

Taught more workshops through the Durham Arts Council and Durham Public Schools.

Provided professional development for teachers and administrators from SC ABC schools at the Palmetto State Arts in Education Conference in Spartanburg.

November

Performed Mime Explains String Theory! at the Cucalorus Stage Festival, and performed as MC for many films, in Wilmington, NC.

Conducted a Circus Arts residency at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC, that culminated in a circus performance for families.

December

Taught a workshop for teachers called, "Moving Migration" at the Turchin Center for Visual Art in Boone, NC. It featured Bill Brown's "Refugee" sculptures, the human history of migration, the participants' history of migration, and writing and performing migration stories or poems.

Bill Brown, "Refugee"

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