UPCOMING EVENTS

THE WHITE BLACKS, written & directed by Melanie Maria Goodreaux

Theater for the New City, NYC presents a Zoom Reading of the play as part of their Broadcasted Reading Series on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 at 7pm. Susan is acting in the role of Evelyn, under her stage name Shyla Idris.

PAST EVENTS

The WHITE BLACKS are BACK!! Convo & Clips with Cast  5/31/2020 at 4:30pm Zoom

This play's first run was from 2/2020-3/2020 at Theater For The New City, NYC

Art In Quarantine Group Show

Fountain House Gallery, NYC. Artist talk and virtual celebration of our first online-only exhibit on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 2:30pm. Zoom link coming soon. RSVP

Susan at Fountain House Gallery, NYC

Susan's video 'NYC Life' screening in 'Life Interrupted' Mojo Film Festival about mental health and the Covid -19 experience. World Schizophrenia Day, Sunday, 5/24/2020 at 7:30pm Screenings. Mojo is a project of Schizy Inc. and is the only public event for schizophrenia pride in Australia. Online

 

'Beyond Bedlam': Reimagining Our Mental Health Systems Virtual Panel and discussion with panelists Ashwin Vasan M.D. Director of Fountain House , Issa Ibrahim artist, The Marshall Project, NAMI and unscheduled cameo participation by Susan Spangenberg spring boarding from the film 'Bedlam' by Director Ken Rosenberg, M.D.  Access video on Fountain House YouTube Channel  5/11/2020

'Asylum Daze' A presentation of Susan's art as it relates to her mental illness. Zoom Event with Fountain House Studio & Gallery, NYC 5/8/2020

Art and Social Activism Festival and Panel Discussion Zoom Event with Fountain House on mental health and the COVID situation. With Nicholas Cohn, Jason Bowman and Amanda Suarez April 29, 2020

"I dedicate my performances to the loving memory of my late father who passed away two days before opening night."

Acting in THE WHITE BLACKS

Written & Directed by Melanie Maria Goodreaux

Theater For The New City, NYC

February 27, 2020 – March 13, 2020 Review

Acting 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

January 2020 Spot her in the Trailer

ART Break OUT Presents 'Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices' Art Exhibition curated by Bonnie Astor and Lois Stavsky The Local NY, Long Island City NY Jan. 2020-Feb. 2020

(Watch video from Shyla Idris YouTube Channel) News Link.

12/4/2019 Speaking about her artwork in relation to her mental illness at 'Madness Creativity, and The Artistic Pursuit' Hosted by The Icarus Project NYC and Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center, Lower East Side, NYC

11/2019 Acting & Additional Camerawork in 'Pop Music Voodoo', a film by Issa Ibrahim. Screening at REEL Recovery Film Festival, Tribute to New York City Filmmakers. Village East Cinema, NYC

5/2019 'Artist Talk-TALK BACK Breaking Down: A Discussion on Art And Mental Illness', with Director and Artists of Fountain House Gallery. Organized by Laurie Berenhaus, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY


2017-2018 Susan worked with Center for Urban Community Services as a Speaker & Trainer on the Crisis Intervention Team, training the NYPD on calls dealing with "Emotionally Disturbed Persons." Susan has changed this term of EDP to "Every Day Person" 

2018 Artist Talk-'The Role of the Arts in Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness' Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Event. Speaking about her art and connection to Fountain House Gallery, NYC Roosevelt House, Hunter College, NYC.   

(NY Times article

2018 Artist Talk-'Accessibility Workshop for Curators' York College Fine Art Gallery. Speaking about her artwork and assisting Ariel Willmott, Director of Fountain House Gallery in her presentation, Jamaica, NY

2018 Artist Talk -'MIXTAPE' Exhibition, Museum Of Modern Art, Education and Research Building. Opening Reception, representing Fountain House Gallery. MoMA  NYC

 

2017, 2015 Hosting 'Open Mic Night', Mental Health Project at Urban Justice Center, NYC 

2017 Facilitating 'In These Uncertain Times' Inaugural Workshop at Fountain House Gallery's Studio One space in LIC, NY Photo on Pictastar

(Marking the first workshop in the opening of Studio Space for Gallery)

2015

Q & A at The Reel Recovery Film Festival for Susan's directorial debut, 'RELEASED' (2014) an autobiographical documentary short film. (Featuring the song, 'I Was Trash When You Met Me' lyrics and singing by Susan for her film. Video of song on Shyla Idris Channel YouTube)

2014

Acting and Additional Camerawork in 'Patient's Rites' (2014) a musical documentary film directed by Issa Ibrahim. Screened at Anthology Film Archives 2017, Au Contraire Film Festival 2016, NYC Mental Health Film Festival 2015, Flickers 2015 and The Big Apple Film Festival 2014

2012

Album Release. Co-writer of several songs with Issa Ibrahim. Check out 'Exploitation' and  'Driving While Black' (D.W.B.) for the DSM 5 Band's, 'Insanity Never Sounded So Good' Album. "She envisioned a cinematic 70's car chase and I ran with it." -Issa Ibrahim

ARTIST INTERVIEWS

 

Get inside the unfiltered mind of Outsider Artist Susan Spangenberg as she talks about mental health, art and the art of living...

ARTIST TALKS Interview Series on Shyla Idris YouTube Channel

Jan. 9, 2020 Interviewed by Chelsea Katz for NY 1 Queens Long Island City NY Art Exhibit 'Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices' at The Local NY

2019 Interview with Art Break Out, NYC

2019 Interview with Mental Spaghetti, UK

2018 Interview in City Voices, A Mental Health Peer Journal

2017 Interview on KD Outsider Art 

2017 Interview & Artwork in Palooka Magazine, an international literary magazine. Issue #7 

"There's a darkness, rawness, pain, and oftentimes juxtaposition in your work that I really admire and appreciate" -Jonathan Starke, Founding Editor. Review of Issue #7

2017 Featured in The Review 'A Lit Mag Filled With Unique Voices' Palooka Magazine, Issue #7

2016 Interview with the Institute of Mental Health, City Arts Nottingham, United Kingdom

2015 'Tell Your Own Story' article written by Susan for Beautiful Minds Magazine

1999 Interview on Bravo TV Show, 'Ooh La La' with host Mark Williams on being an artist & the main subject of the HBO Feature Documentary, 'The Living Museum'

(Susan later pulled out of the film before it was released as well as the L.A. Times article that followed, moving to the beat of her own drum)

1996 Interviewed at The Living Museum for The Queens Chronicle. 'Living Museum Of Art Is More Than Therapy At Creedmoor',

(Susan was a member artist of The Living Museum Collective, Queens Village, NY from 1995-2001 as an inpatient and outpatient)

 

PRESS

2020 Susan's 'Primary Roots' Essay and her artwork published in Orenda Arts Journal 

2020 Berkshire Fine Arts Review of 'The White Blacks' play at Theater for The New City, NYC. Susan played the role of "Evelyn", under her stage name Shyla Idris.

2019 Featured in Queens Daily Eagle ‘Unnoticed’ artists get their due in LIC exhibition

2019 Featured Artist in Queens News Article 'ART BreakOUT presents first ever exhibition ‘Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices’ in Long Island City'.

2019 Featured in Gregor Collins' 'Humans In My Phone' Mini Documentary Series. Listed under 'HOMEBOY'

2019 Fountain House Gallery's 'Heavy Sauce' exhibit mentioned in Raw Vision Magazine.

2019 Artwork featured in Antique & The Arts Weekly for 'Heavy Sauce' Exhibition FHG

2019 Featured in Press Release for Heavy Sauce Exhibitioin, Fountain House Gallery, NYC

8/5/2019 Artwork featured in Mad In America

2019 Artwork featured in The Perspective Project, United Kingdom

2019 Art published in The Fountain Pen

Literary Magazine

2019 'Fountain House Gallery Hosts Long Island City Doubleheader', Fountain House Times

2019 'Knotted, Pieced & Wound' Exhibition from Fountain House Gallery, reviewed in Raw Vision Magazine. 

2019 Artwork on display at Citigroup Building. NY Times Article, 'A Kingdom In Pieces' Exhibition. Fountain House Gallery in association with The American Folk Art Museum.

2018 Artwork featured in 'The Fountain Pen Literary Magazine'

2018 Featured in Artsy Press Release for 'Shutter Speed' Exhibition

2018 Artwork shown in 'Fountain House Studio Has Sprawling Space For Artistic Growth' in Downtown Express

2018 Artwork shown in Art In America Guide for 'Fountain House Studio Inaugural Show' on view at Fountain House Gallery

2018 Artwork shown in 'One Year Later: Artist's Reflect on the Women's March' New York Magazine

2017 Artwork featured in 'Reimagining The Peaceable Kingdom' Maine Antique Digest

2017 Artwork featured in 'This Organization Helps Artists Who Are Homeless Or Have Disabilities Live Their Dreams' in UPROXX

2017 'Fashion Art At Fountain House' Liz Daly's Culture Digest

2017 Broadway World 'The Coming Of Antichrist' at American Theatre Of Actors, NYC as Shyla Idris

2017 Artwork published in Antiques and The Arts Weekly

2017 'Art Of Fashion' Wall Street International

2017 Artwork featured in Art In America, representing Fountain House Gallery

2017 Artwork published on the cover of The Fountain Pen Literary Magazine

2017 'In These Uncertain Times' article Fountain House Gallery

2017 Artwork from ArtLifting featured in Project 375

2017 Artsy review 'Small Works Exhibition' Fountain House Gallery

2016 Photography published online at Broken Light Collective

2015-2016 Artwork featured in El Paper Magazine THE LINE ISSUE

2015 South African Recovery Film Festival 

News Links: SA Creatives, health 24,  IOL as Shyla Idris

2015 Artwork published in The Fountain Pen Literary Magazine

2015 Broadway World  'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.' Susan's Solo Play she wrote and performed with Downtown Urban Theater Festival, HERE Arts Center, NYC (under her actor stage name, Shyla Idris)

2009-2010 Theatre World 2009-2010 Book, as Shyla idris

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