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.

Yi Zhao won the 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theater for innovative lighting designs that transform space and time in productions at national theatres and experimental venues alike.

For more information about Yi Zhao 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: Amanda Bluglass, Shinnie Kim, Brian Cavanaugh, Yi Zhao, Soho Rep, and the Connelly Theater
Photo Credits: T. Charles Erickson, Yi Zhao, Alexander Iziliaev, Joan Marcus, Wei Zhao, Louisa Proske, Melissa Brown, Eugene Ma, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Erik Pearson, and Jenny Graham