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 wanted to be an actor since the age of thirteen. (Shyla dedicates her performances to the loving memory of her late acting teacher, Sanford Morris of HB Studio, NYC)

'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.' (2014)

A multi-character, autobiographical solo play written and performed as Shyla Idris. (Susan started writing her solo play in 2009 from an inpatient psych ward at Queens Hospital, NYC. She continued writing and developing her solo 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.

One-Woman Show Performances



Shyla Idris Solo Play Event Page FB

13th Annual 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, NYC

2013, 2012

The Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit

Manhattan Repertory Theatre, NYC 2012

You can view Shyla's Full Resume on... 

Shyla Idris IMDb  &


Shyla Idris Backstage

Check out Shyla's Acting Reel & her blurring the lines between being herself and acting in her Acting Out series on Shyla Idris YouTube Channel

A Few Favorite Past Performances...

Shyla playing herself in RELEASED, an autobiographical documentary short film on mental health, Directed by Susan Spangenberg

The Moth Community Storytelling Event at Urban Justice Center, NYC

Poetry Electric 'Women's Happening: Voices Of Resistance' at La Ma Ma Theatre

'22', a play by Georgeta Rae, Creative Narratives Theater Company. NY Theater Festival. Hudson Guild Theater, NYC 2019

"A year ago, I was discharged from a mental hospital and quit acting. Today, I'm performing in a play about mental illness." -Shyla Idris '22 play'

"I struggled with anorexia as a teenager and young adult." -Shyla Idris, actress '22' play

Summer 2019


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