Sheila Vand is an American actress and performance artist of Iranian descent born in 1985. She is known for her role in Ben Affleck's 2012 Oscar-winning film Argo. She made her Broadway debut alongside
Robin Williams in 2011 in the Pulitzer-nominated
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
She has worked with filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour on several projects, including Pashmaloo which premiered at the Berlinale in 2011 and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
She also has an ongoing collaboration with 2013 TED speaker Alexa Meade. Their photo series MILK: What Will You Make of Me? is on exhibit at the Gallery for Contemporary Photography Ingo Seufert, Munich, Germany and was also exhibited in the Grand Palais at Art Paris Art Fair. Vand is also the creator of experimental performance piece Sneaky Nietzsche. In 2009, Vand originated the role of Hadia in Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which moved to Broadway in 2011. In 2010, she debuted Sneaky Nietzsche, which she called ""a live theatrical music experience for the fictionally-inclined."" It was described by the Los Angeles Times as ""stepping into a living, changing art piece"" and by LA Weekly as an ""all-encompassing, sensory overload.
In a good way."" Vand was commissioned by LACMA in 2011 to remount Sneaky Nietzsche. Vand played the role of Sahar the Iranian housekeeper in Argo and she also narrates the beginning of the film. Her performance was highlighted in the LA Times' annual piece ""Small Roles, Powerful Performances"" and she was a recipient of a SAG Outstanding Ensemble Award in the 2013. In 2012, Vand began collaborating with painter/photographer Alexa Meade. Their first joint series MILK: What Will You Make of Me? has been featured in The Huffington Post, Wired, Juxtapoz magazine, and at the 2013 TED Global Conference. She played the female lead in the 2013 CBS pilot for Beverly Hills Cop, but the show was not picked up to series.