About this Artist
SHEILA VAND is honored to be making her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut. She was recently seen in Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film ARGO as Sahar, the Iranian housekeeper of the Canadian embassy. Her performance was singled out in the LA Times and LA Weekly, and she is the recipient of a SAG Outstanding Ensemble award. Sheila made her Broadway debut alongside Robin Williams in Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, directed by Moises Kaufman. She played the role of Hadia, which she originated at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. This summer, Sheila starred in New York Stage & Film's main stage production When the Lights Went Out, directed by the acclaimed Kate Whoriskey. She is currently workshopping the lead role of The Who & The What, by Pulitzer-winner Ayad Akhtar at both Lincoln Center and La Jolla Playhouse. Sheila's notable TV credits include the female lead of CBS' Beverly Hills Cop pilot and recurring/guest spots on Cult (CW), NYC-22 (CBS), LIFE (NBC), and Prom Queen (CW). Sheila is also the creator of experimental performance piece Sneaky Nietzsche, which she mounted in 2010 and reprised at LACMA in 2011. Sneaky Nietzsche was described by the LA Times as, “stepping into a living, changing art piece” and by the LA Weekly as an "all-encompassing, sensory overload. In a good way." Sheila also has an ongoing collaboration with painter/photographer Alexa Meade who is a 2013 TED fellow. Their most recent project, MILK: What Will You Make of Me? has been featured in Huffington Post, Wired Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, and the 2013 TED Global conference. MILK is currently on exhibit at Galerie Ivo Kamm in Zurich, and at Artisphere in Arlington, VA in conjunction with Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds installation. Upcoming films include A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, produced by Elijah Wood's SpectreVison, and Maz Jobrani's Jimmy Vestvood.