Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 

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When We Were Young and Unafraid

I would love to imagine that I taught Sarah Treem to write in my 10th Grade English class at DA.

The truth: Sarah was so wise and graceful with her prose, even then, that I had little to offer her as a writer.

Now, nearly 20 years later, I couldn't be more proud of her work.

Sarah '98 (who has written for HBO's In Treatment, Netflix's House of Cards, and Showtime's The Affair) was featured last week in a New York Times article about a pair of playwrights. Her play When We Were Young and Unafraid opens tomorrow at City Center in a Manhattan Theater Club production.

Click here to see my earlier post on Sarah. Or here to see the full New York Times preview of her latest play.

Update on Wednesday morning: click here to see the enthusiastic NYT review of opening night.

Posted by in Other, Alumni on Monday June 16, 2014
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So wrong. So right. She writes!

Alumna Sarah Treem '98 is making her DA English teachers proud as she creates some of the most complicated and compelling characters on contemporary stages and screens.

After earning BA and MFA degrees at Yale and writing and fighting her way to prominence in the New York theatrical scene, Treem was among the lead writers for the HBO series In Treatment (starring Gabriel Berne) and the Netflix series House of Cards (starring Kevin Spacey). She continues to write for theater, TV, and film - working now as executive producer for her own Showtime series The Affair.

Click here to see a terrific article about Sarah in Writer magazine. An excerpt:

The best advice I ever got about writing is: Don’t start until you can’t not start. There’s a difference between when something is…
Posted by in Other, Alumni on Monday March 17, 2014
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