With a solid foundation in arts production and project management, Sheyhan Witharana is well-equipped to serve as the Vilcek Foundation’s executive assistant. In his position, Mr. Witharana provides logistical and administrative support for the foundation’s executive staff, liaises with the board of directors, and maintains foundation records and documents.
Mr. Witharana gained his initial grounding in arts management at New York University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in entertainment business, with a focus on film, television, and theatrical production. Complementing his studies, Mr. Witharana served as an assistant director and stage manager for a production of Václav Havel’s In Memorandum at the Blood, Love & Rhetoric Theatre of Prague, and as a production assistant for filmmaker David Maire, during the filming of his narrative feature In Session.
Later, he dove into the business end of arts production as a legal and executive assistant at Sloss Eckhouse LawCo, where he helped coordinate the complex legal logistics behind documentary filmmaking, working with Oscar-nominated films such as The Square and Cartel Land, as well as several Netflix original productions.
Originally from Phoenix, Mr. Witharana is the son of immigrants, and he appreciates the opportunity to work closely with foreign-born artists and scientists.
Announcing the 2018 Vilcek Prizewinners
Congratulations to the remarkable biomedical scientists and professionals in the architecture field who have been awarded the 2018 Vilcek Prizes. Learn more about their incredible accomplishments:
In Support of DACA
2017 was a tumultuous year for immigration policy in the United States, with several controversial restrictions issued by the new administration. As former refugees and green card holders, our founders Jan and Marica Vilcek share their thoughts on these policies.