"Acting is a safe place for me to feel."
Susan Spangenberg performs as an actor under the stage name, Shyla Idris. Shyla is a native New Yorker of East Indian Trinidadian and German descent, often taking on racially ambiguous roles. She dreamed of being an actor since the age of thirteen. Shyla studied acting in NYC at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, HB Studio, Artistic New Directions Theater Company and The Shakespeare Forum. Shyla dedicates her performances to the loving memory of her late acting teacher, Sanford Morris of HB Studio.
'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.' (2014)...
A multi-character, autobiographical solo play written and performed as Shyla Idris. Shyla started writing her solo play in 2009 from a Seclusion Room and her hospital bedroom on an inpatient psychiatric ward at Queens Hospital in NYC. After discharge, she continued writing and developing her one woman show for the next five years.
'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.' Play Synopsis: A woman finds herself confined to a seclusion room on an inpatient psychiatric ward. Here she will have to wrestle with her sanity, her family, a dark secret, and her future, if she can get out.
Works-In-Progress Full Performance
with Artistic New Directions. Directed by Kristine Niven. Shetler Studios, NYC 2014
'Go Solo Festivals' Artistic New Directions
Directed by Kristine Niven, Theater 54 2013, 2012
The Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit
Manhattan Repertory Theatre, NYC 2012
Check out Shyla's Acting Reel & her blurring the lines between being herself and acting in her
(Susan's father died two days before opening night. She dedicates her performance to his memory) Shyla Idris Theater for The New City
"Art is my weapon of choice."
Aside from acting, Susan has also been featured and performed in the following documentaries...
Susan playing and directing herself in 'RELEASED', an autobiographical documentary short film (2014) Featuring the song 'I Was Trash When You Met Me'. Video on Shyla Idris YouTube Channel. Words / Lyrics by Susan.
RELEASED (2014) an autobiographical documentary short film on mental health, directed by Susan Spangenberg
'RELEASED' Film Screenings...
2015 RELEASED Film Premiere (APA) American Psychological Association Film Festival and Conference Toronto, Canada
Acting & Additional Camerawork in Issa Ibrahim's musical documentary films, 'Patient's Rites' 2014 and 'Pop Music Voodoo' 2016 You may have also seen Susan alongside Issa in the documentary art feature film 'MAD LOVE' 2020
'MAD LOVE' Documentary Art Feature Film
Starring Susan Spangenberg & Issa Ibrahim
Filmed by Geo Geller & Gregor Collins
Edited by Issa Ibrahim (Issues Gallery)
Film Trailer # 1 features the song 'Within A Crystal Glass', Words / Lyrics by Susan Spangenberg from her teenage years.
'MAD LOVE' (2020) Documentary Art Feature Film Screenings. Starring Susan Spangenberg & Issa Ibrahim
'Conquering Disabilities with Film International Film Fest', Las Vegas, Nevada, Summer 2021