2017 NYUAA Award Honorees
Martin Lipton is a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and specializes in advising major corporations on mergers and acquisitions and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy. Lipton holds an LLB from the NYU School of Law and a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Chairman of the NYU School of Law Board of Trustees from 1988–1998, and as Chairman of the NYU Board of Trustees from 1998–2015.
John Patrick Shanley (STEINHARDT ’77, HON ’09) graduated as valedictorian from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development with a degree in educational theatre. Shanley is a Pulitzer Prize-, Academy Award-, and Tony Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theatre and film director; and is well-known for his award-winning play Doubt: A Parable and its film adaptation. He has 23 plays and nine films to his credit and his theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world.
Ali Stroker (TSOA '09) became the first actress in a wheelchair to graduate from the NYU Tisch drama department, earning a degree in fine arts. A groundbreaking performer, she made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage, as the role of Anna in Deaf West's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. A humanitarian and advocate, Stroker is a co-chair of Women Who Care, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of NYC; and is a founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign.