Shaha: The Storytellers

Our Story

Almost all of us have stories we wish others can hear. Shaha* gives you the opportunity to not only share your own story, but to also collectively perform and showcase other stories as well. Shaha is a diversity peer education troupe at the UMass Amherst. Our shows are educational, entertaining and thought-provoking.

Shaha members perform skits inspired by their own experiences. These performances dramatically represent and begin conversations on how social justice issues (racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression) manifest in our day-to-day lives. Each performance lasts approximately 45 minutes and is followed by a discussion between the cast and the audience.
*Shaha is a Swahili term for “Storyteller.”

Mission Statement
Shaha: The Storytellers supports Residential Life's commitment to creating and sustaining inclusive, socially-just communities by providing opportunities for students to learn about and reflect on issues of inclusion, diversity, and social justice through theatre-based peer education. Shaha strives to promote self-awareness, increase dialogue, foster cross-cultural understanding, and inspire students to stand up for themselves and others.