Award Winning Shida Performance Comes to Mount Ida



Mount Ida College welcomes the community to attend SHIDA, an award winning one-woman show, as part of our 2nd annual Inspiration Nation event.

March 15, 2016-

For the second year, Mount Ida College’s Inspiration Nation will be encouraging the community to engage in open dialogue on civic engagement.

As part of this year’s events on Tuesday April 5, there will be two exclusive performances of the award-winning musical “Shida.”  The event is free and open to the public and will take place on the Mount Ida College Campus at 10 AM and 7 PM.

Shida”, a one-woman show, chronicles a young African-American girl who aspires to become a writer, tracing the ups and downs of her family, friendships, and love life from the all-Catholic girls’ school in the Bronx to a scholarship at New York University.

Jeannette Bayardelle, who channels Shida and multiple other roles, tells the story in a way that has been described as “Powerful” “Stirring” “Heartfelt” “Astounding” and “An Emotional Roller Coaster Ride.”

Bayardelle, who, in addition to performing, wrote the book, music, and lyrics, received a 2013 AUDELCO Award the show’s world premiere at Ars Nova in New York City, as well as a 2014 IRNE Award nomination for her performance at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.  She has previously starred on Broadway as Celie in “The Color Purple” and Dionne in “Hair.” “Shida” is being directed by Tony Award-winner Andy Sandberg, who counts triumphs both on and off Broadway; his newest play, “Straight” is playing Off-Broadway.


“When we were looking for a way to impact our students, faculty, and staff with a powerful message with our community, we were so glad to find “Shida,” says Laura DeVeau, Vice President of Student Affairs at Mount Ida College. “Last year our students were inspired by among others, Jeffrey Baumann, the Boston Marathon bombing survivor. This year, we wanted to connect through a different medium, specifically, music. Jeannette Bayardelle brings that to the stage in every word and motion.”

“Shida” will be performed twice and each performance is free and open to the public. “We want to offer this as a gift to our community as well as to our Mount Ida family,” says DeVeau.

“We hope the power of “Shida” will lead to connections that will spur dialogue on what it means to be fully engaged and how every person can triumph, no matter what they face in their life,” says DeVeau.

The public is asked to call (617) 928-4526 to reserve a seat at either performance in Alumnae Hall on the campus of Mount Ida College, 777 Dedham Street, Newton.

The 7:00 pm show will serve as an accessible/ASL interpreted performance. Individuals seeking ASL accommodations, or any other accessibility needs, should contact Nick Faranda, Director of Disability Services at

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