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Tony Award-winning producer Arielle Tepper Madover '94, a graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Department of Drama, is among the four outstanding alumni who will be recognized by the Syracuse University Alumni Association for excellence and innovation in their fields at this year’s Arents Award Ceremony during Orange Central.

In addition to Madover, the recipients of this year’s Arents Award are Jim Brown ’57, All-American athlete and social activist; James Cunningham ’74, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Israel; and Dr. Robert Jarvik ’68, H’83, inventor of the first successful artificial heart.

The Arents Award is Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor. It is named after George Arents, a successful manufacturer who served on the University Board of Trustees from 1930 until his death in 1960.

Orange Central is a once-a-year celebration for the entire Syracuse University community. Student-focused programming starts on Sept. 12, with homecoming and reunion weekend happening Sept. 15-18.

The Arents Award celebration on Friday, Sept. 16, will begin with a cocktail party from 5-6 p.m. in the Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center, followed by a dinner and awards presentation from 6-8:30 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center.

For more information about the Arents event or any of the Orange Central activities, visit

Arielle Tepper Madover

Madover is founder and CEO of the new technology company,, the board chair at the Public Theater in New York City, and a film and Tony Award-winning theater producer for more than 20 years. Madover has had a longstanding relationship with the Donmar Warehouse since 2005. She worked from 2005 to 2012 with artistic director Michael Grandage and has worked with Josie Rourke since 2012. Madover is executive producer of the film “Genius” by John Logan, directed by Michael Grandage, starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Laura Linney.

Madover’s theatrical credits on Broadway include “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” starring Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer, directed by Josie Rourke (upcoming); “The Elephant Man”; “The Cripple of Inishmaan”; “Annie”; “Lucky Guy”; “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers”; “Red”; “Hamlet”; “Hair”; “Mary Stuart”; “Equus”; “Monty Python’s Spamalot”; “Frost/Nixon”; “The Pillowman”; “A Raisin in the Sun”; and John Leguizamo’s “Freak.” West End credits include “My Night with Reg,” “Piaf,” “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Mary Stuart.” Her Off-Broadway productions are “De La Guarda” and “The Last Five Years.”

Madover is on the board of governors for the Broadway League. She is an emerita member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and a past board member of the Dalton School. She founded the Summer Play Festival and the Department of Drama's Tepper Center for Careers in Theatre. She is also a member of the Juilliard Drama Council, has been listed in Crain’s 40 under 40 and was one of Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Females.