"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, NYC
The Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit
Manhattan Repertory Theatre, NYC 2012
You can view Shyla's Full Resume on...
A FEW FAVORITE PAST PERFORMANCES...
"I dedicate my performances to the loving memory of my late father who passed away two days before opening night." February 2020
'The White Blacks', written and directed by Melanie Maria Goodreaux, Theater For The New City, NYC Review
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 Jamaica Performing Arts Center
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, NYC
William Electric Black, dir.
'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
Aside from acting, Susan has also been featured in the following documentaries...
MAD LOVE Documentary 2020 Coming Soon...
Filmed by Geo Geller & Gregor Collins
(Film & Trailer # 1 features the song 'Within A Crystal Glass'. Words / Lyrics by Susan Spangenberg from her teenage years, Music by Issa Ibrahim)
Featured as subject & Additional Camerawork in Issa Ibrahim's musical documentary films, 'Patient's Rites' and 'Pop Music Voodoo'. You may have also seen Susan alongside Issa in 'Autopsy of The Damned'.
Susan playing and directing herself in 'RELEASED', an autobiographical documentary short film (2014)
(Featuring the song 'I Was Trash When You Met Me' Words / Lyrics by Susan. Music by Issa Ibrahim)