The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in America and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences.

The Vilcek Prizes are awarded annually to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society through their extraordinary achievements in biomedical research and the arts and humanities.

Blanka Zizka won the 2016 Vilcek Prize in Theater for leadership that established Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater as an institution of national significance, a singular artistic vision, and acclaimed direction of contemporary theater. 

For more information about Blanka Zizka and the Vilcek Prizes, please visit

Shot and Directed by: THEY bklyn
Editor: Nicole Turney
Sound and Music: Casey Holford
Color: Colin Travers
Design & Animation: Nice Soft T-Shirt
Thanks to: Sini Anderson, Jill Putterman, Ursula Prinz, Phuong Pham, Shinnie Kim, Brian Cavanaugh, Blanka Zizka, Sarah Madden, James Haskins, and the Wilma Theatre
Photo credits include: Maia DeSanti, Aubrey Deeker, Antonio J. Dandridge, Patrice Johnson, and Keith J. Conallen