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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 and began acting in high school. Shyla studied acting in NYC at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, HB Studio, Artistic New Directions Theater Company and The Shakespeare Forum. Shyla has been a professional actor since 2003. She dedicates her performances to the loving memory of her late acting teacher, Sanford Morris of HB Studio.

Susan is the playwright and performer of the solo play, RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET., the director of the documentary film, 'RELEASED' and the author of the asylum photography book, 'Inside Outside'. Inside Outside is on view at the NYC Outsider Art Fair with Fountain House Gallery, March 2022.

view full solo play RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET. here

'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.


Performances of 'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.' (2012-2015)

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 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Off-Broadway NYC 2012

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

Shyla Idris YouTube Channel

A Few Favorite Past Performances:

Susan was the main subject of the 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 she withdrew from the film. 1999

1995-2001, 2016 Susan 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. Much of it was destroyed. Some of it remains. (Susan was a member artist of The Living Museum Collective, Queens Village, NY from 1995-2001 as an inpatient and outpatient.)

Storytelling at the police academy to train the NYPD in Crisis Intervention on calls with mentally ill population. 2017-2018

Writing and Performing solo material for 'Poetry Electric' at La Ma Ma Theater, SoHo, NYC 2017

Writing and Performing solo material for Urban Justice Center Story Telling Event with The Moth, NYC 2015

Watch Shyla Idris playing the developmentally disabled 'Evelyn' in Theater for The New City's 'The White Blacks'  2020

(Susan's father died two days before opening night. She dedicated her performances to his memory)


Shyla Idris Theater for The New City

Susan Spangenberg IMDb

'RELEASED' (2014) an autobiographical documentary short film on mental health, directed by Susan Spangenberg

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.

(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


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