Features: Behind the Scenes

In his book Invisibles (Portfolio, 2014), author David Zweig explores, as the subtitle explains, “The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.” Zweig cites the critical importance of work performed by, among others, structural engineers, anesthesiologists, and United Nations interpreters, even though their work is often overlooked.

Likewise, the stories that unfold below explore a remarkable collection of Sarah Lawrence graduates doing essential work—even life-saving work—that often goes unheralded, even unnoticed. Not surprisingly—we’re talking Sarah Lawrence, after all—they operate in a kaleidoscope of fields: history and health care, the law and the arts. Three of them help combat outbreaks of infectious disease, such as Ebola, in faraway lands. Others are in the business of show business, working as writers, creators, producers, directors, agents, managers, and executives. One advises some of the biggest firms on Wall Street. Another is chief curator for Washington’s newest Smithsonian project, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

We begin with a profile of Will Frears ’96 (theatre), who recently worked behind-the-curtain magic in his Broadway debut, Misery, starring Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf and film star Bruce Willis. Like the others we document in this issue, Frears’ work might have been done behind the scenes, but his contributions were invaluable.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Will Frears ’96 (theatre) has directed numerous plays since graduating two decades ago. But working on his first Broadway production gave him an “incomprehensible” thrill.

Face to Face with Invisible Enemies

Face to Face with Invisible Enemies

Meet three alumni who combat outbreaks of contagious diseases at home and across the globe.

Curating History

Curating History

As chief curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Jacquelyn Days Serwer ’67 is documenting 200 years of the black experience.

The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens

If the film and television industry has long been dominated by men, how did so many Sarah Lawrence women become so influential in the business of show business? And how are they forging a path for other women to follow?

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Steven Lofchie ’79 may have taken a circuitous route to a prominent position in law, but his expertise in securities regulations—and the game-changing digital dashboard he’s created—makes him an invaluable asset for many of Wall Street’s most influential firms.