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"Acting is a safe place for me to feel."

View Shyla's Acting Reel on Shyla Idris YouTube Channel & her Credits/Resume on IMDb and Backstage.

Susan Spangenberg performs as an actor under the stage name, Shyla Idris. Shyla is a native New Yorker of Trinidadian Indian 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.

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'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.


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Performances of 'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.'

Downtown Urban Theater Festival at HERE Arts Center, SoHo NYC 2015

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

Acting Out series Shyla Idris YouTube Channel

Watch Shyla Idris playing the developmentally disabled 'Evelyn' in Theater for The New City's 'The White Blacks' Play

(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."

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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
(View full movie RELEASED here)
'RELEASED' Film Screenings...

2017 Mediterranean Film Festival, Italy

2016 Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona in NY

2015 REEL Recovery Film Festival 

 Los Angeles Edition, CA

 New York City Edition, NYC

2015 South African Recovery Film Festival, Cape Town, South Africa (credited as Shyla Idris)

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.

Click to view all 3 MAD LOVE Trailers (2020)

'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

'Mental Filmness Film Festival' Chicago, Oct. 2021 (Virtual)

'REEL Recovery Film Festival' NYC & LA, Nov. 2021 (Virtual)


SHOP Susan's Art Book 'Inside Outside' at Fountain House Gallery