I perform as an actor under the stage name, Shyla Idris. I am a native New Yorker of Trinidadian Indian and German descent, often taking on racially ambiguous roles. I dreamed of being an actor since the age of thirteen.
I am the playwright/performer of the solo play, 'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.', the director of the documentary short, 'RELEASED' and the author of the asylum photography book, 'Inside Outside'. Inside Outside was on view at the NYC Outsider Art Fair with Fountain House Gallery, March 2022.
'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 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Off-Broadway NYC 2012
A Few Favorite Past Performances & Gigs:
I was the main subject of the 1999 HBO documentary feature The Living Museum and appeared in an interview promoting film with host Mark Williams for Bravo's 'Ooh La La' Network, until I withdrew from the film, moving to the beat of my own drum.
1995-2001, 2016 I created a mural/installation 'Inside Outside' at The Living Museum, Building 75 ground floor black room alcove, located on the grounds of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, NYC. I destroyed much of it. Some of it still remains. (I was a member artist with The Living Museum Collective, Queens Village, NY from 1995-2001 as an inpatient and outpatient.)
Hosting 'Open Mic Night' at Urban Justice Center for the formerly incarcerated and mentally ill populations, NYC 2015-2016
Writing and Performing Solo Work for Story Telling Event with The Moth, Urban Justice Center NYC 2015
Storytelling at the police academy- training the NYPD in Crisis Intervention on calls with "emotionally disturbed persons", Flushing, NY 2017-2018
Writing and Performing Solo Work for 'Poetry Electric' at La Ma Ma Theater, SoHo, NYC 2017
(My father died two days before opening night. I dedicated these performances to his memory)
Playing and directing myself 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 me. Music by Issa Ibrahim.
'RELEASED' Film Screenings...
2015 RELEASED Film Premiere (APA) American Psychological Association Film Festival and Conference Toronto, Canada