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

You can view Shyla's Full Acting Credits/Resume on Shyla Idris IMDb 

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)

(view full solo play here)

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.


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Solo Play Performances of '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 2013, 2012

The Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit

Manhattan Repertory Theatre, NYC 2012

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

Acting Out series Shyla Idris YouTube Channel


'The White Blacks', written and directed by Melanie Maria Goodreaux, Theater For The New City, NYC Review

Watch Recording June 2020 TNC YouTube

"I dedicate my performances to the loving memory of my late father who passed away two days before opening night of 'The White Blacks' " February 2020

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

Spot her in the Trailer  January 2020

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' La Ma Ma Theatre, NYC William Electric Black, director.

'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."

"I struggled with anorexia as a teenager and young adult."


Aside from acting, Susan has also been featured and performed in the following documentaries...

Susan Spangenberg IMDb

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.

Actor & Additional Camerawork in Issa Ibrahim's musical documentary films, 'Patient's Rites' 2014 and 'Pop Music Voodoo' 2016 You may have also seen Susan alongside Issa in the documentary art feature film 'MAD LOVE' 2020

'MAD LOVE' Documentary Art Feature Film

Starring Susan Spangenberg & Issa Ibrahim

​Filmed by Geo Geller & Gregor Collins

Edited by Issa Ibrahim (Issues Gallery)

Film Trailer # 1 features the song 'Within A Crystal Glass', Words / Lyrics by Susan Spangenberg from her teenage years.

Click to view all three MAD LOVE Trailers (2020)

'MAD LOVE' (2020) Documentary Art Feature Film Screenings:

Starring Susan Spangenberg & Issa Ibrahim

'Conquering Disabilities with Film International Film Fest'. Event will run LIVE 7/26/2021 to 8/1/2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

'REEL Recovery Film Festival' Virtual Nov. 2021 NYC & LA, USA