Sarah Ream

Instructor in Theater and Dance
Sarah Ream

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." — Clive James


Diploma Phillips Exeter Academy

B.A. Yale University


Having grown up in San Francisco, Ms. Ream migrated east to attend Exeter; her class of ‘75 was one of the first to include boarding girls. She stayed on the East Coast through college then continued east to London for graduate school. Returning stateside, she worked as a theater director on both coasts, in New York and San Francisco. Then it was back to London for a dozen years, where she attended drama school, taught at drama schools, and directed plays in the Fringe, in English regional theaters, and, as a staff director, at the National Theatre. (Oh, yes, she started a family there as well!)

In 1997, Ms. Ream joined Exeter’s Theater Department. While teaching and raising her two children (Exeter classes of ’09 and ’11), she ran several girls dorms, advised Dramat and other drama clubs, served on committees about learning, co-founded and ran the Shakespeare Conference, participated in the development of a new theater on campus, and now runs an annual alumni theater tour in London. She loves teaching both theater and English, drawing from each skill set in the two disciplines.

Ms. Ream loves to travel and, in particular, has enjoyed bringing drama from non-Western countries back to school for study and performance. Last year, she had the good fortune to work with legendary director and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière on an adaptation of his The Mahabharata for the Senior Acting Ensemble. She has continued to maintain her life in drama outside of school, too, and became a finalist in the 2015 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition in California. She took a leave for the 2015-2016 academic year to pursue her writing in Los Angeles, with the intention of bringing new energy and awareness of the field back to Exeter.