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Thia Schuessler

Thia grew up in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. As a child, she enjoyed singing in musical productions in her community and attending drama camp at the local community college. After performing in her junior high production of Annie, a member of the St. Louis Muny Theatre suggested that she pursue acting professionally. Instead of heeding his advice, Thia stuck with high school musicals, children's plays, and the annual "contest play" -- her first taste of drama.​ She was honored two consecutive years by the Illinois High School Association for her dramatic performances in plays competing in regional and state-wide theatre competitions. With the validation from these awards, she made it her goal to move to "Hollywood" to make a career out of acting.

Thia decided to graduate high school a year early and move to Los Angeles. Thanks to her #1 rank in a class of over 500 students and a 5.0 GPA, Thia was accepted into the one school to which she applied: the University of Southern California. She spent the next four years in the theatre school, training to be an actress. She also took several classes in film production at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts (editing, cinematography, etc.). Her love of the French language took her to Paris to study French & Art History for one semester. In May 2009, she graduated magna cum laude from the USC School of Dramatic Arts.


In Summer 2014, she co-starred in the two-person musical comedy Rapture, which had its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. After the initial run, it was nominated for the Encore Producers’ Award, inviting the show back for additional performances in what is colloquially known as Best of Fringe. 

In 2013, Thia ventured into the producing world, co-writing & directing the short film Housesitter which premiered in 2014 at the Academy Award-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival, where she and her partner Rex New were nominated for the Filmmakers to Watch jury prize. They credited "Shy Ruby Productions" on this inaugural project, but they made it official in 2015, creating Shy Ruby, LLC. In their six short films, Schuessler has been credited as an actor, writer, director, producer, and editor. The Shy Ruby repertoire has won festival awards including Best Film (The Wedding Song) and Best Performances (Litnominations for Talented New Filmmakers (Rex New & Thia Schuessler) and Best Lead Actress (Thia Schuessler). 



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Two childhood friends agree to "get lit" and hook up on New Years Eve. 

Written by Sarah & Thia Schuessler 

Directed by Sarah Schuessler

Starring Al Rahn & Thia Schuessler

Edited by Thia Schuessler

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The Basic Girl's Guide to Starting Over After a Breakup


Following the cliché advice of a

"How To" guide, a broken-hearted millennial moves to Paris in an attempt to move on and start over post-breakup.

Starring Thia Schuessler

Voiceover Versions in English & French


by Thia Schuessler

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When bride-to-be Mae hits a wall writing a song for her future husband, she solicits the guidance of her musician friend Johnnie, who helps her find the inspiration she was lacking.

Starring Thia Schuessler

& Will Dickerson


Co-Edited/Colored by Thia Schuessler


by Rex New & Thia Schuessler

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Beauty Vlogger QueenYas is interrupted during a video recording. 


This is Shy Ruby Productions' first foray into the horror genre. In October, it premiered at the Buried Alive Horror Film Festival in Atlanta, where it was called the film that "sneaks up on you." 


Written & Performed by Thia Schuessler

Produced & Edited by Rex New

Directed by Rex New & Thia Schuessler

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It's New Year's Eve, and Laura's plans have been canceled. 

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot?"

Written & Performed by Thia Schuessler

Co-Edited by Rex New 

Directed/Produced by Rex New

& Thia Schuessler

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When bored housesitter Amy is taken hostage by a wanted fugitive, she welcomes the company with open arms.


Available On Demand via XFINITY's Film Festival Collective

Starring Thia Schuessler

& Malcolm Foster Smith



by Rex New & Thia Schuessler

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