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

-Shyla Idris

Upcoming: Performing in 'The White Blacks, written and directed by Melanie Maria Goodreaux.

February 27, 2020 – March 15, 2020.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM, Sunday 3PM

at Theater For The New City, NYC Theater Link

Telephone: (212) 254-1109 Ticket link

Performing  in 'Jesus Hopped The A Train' a play set in Rikers Island jail by the great American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Stephanie Ogeleza. Pristine Playhouse. At Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY. Run: Jan. 17, 18, 19th 2020

Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Spot her in the Trailer

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.


Shyla Idris Solo Play Event Page Facebook

Solo Play Performances 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, 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 and directing herself in 'RELEASED', an autobiographical documentary short film.

Acting & Additional Camerawork in Issa Ibrahim's musical documentary films, 'Patient's Rites' and 'Pop Music Voodoo'.

Playing The Love Interest in the First Reading of playwright, Robin Goldfin's adaptation of 'Suddenly, A Knock At The Door', based on the short stories by Israeli Author, Etgar Keret. Shetler Studios NYC

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', Summer 2019

"I struggled with anorexia as a teenager and young adult." -Shyla Idris, actress '22' play, Summer 2019



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