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NYU Alumni Changemakers

John Patrick Shanley (STEINHARDT ’77, HON ’09), The 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award

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.