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Guide to Effective Directing

Good Organization

  • make sure everything is available when you need it
  • know what to work on and when ( and how long it is going to take)
  • get things scheduled effectively so the actors can do the work they need to do

Good People Skills

  • get people to work at the peak of their ability (confidence and inspiration)
  • get people to agree to work with you (original commitment and throughout the rehearsals)
  • deal with personal problems and emergencies

An interpretation that will work

  • simple enough for everyone to keep it clearly in mind to guide them
  • something that latches on to something that is central to the play and includes all of the play that is important
  • something that can be expressed in action
  • something that establishes a clear story line through the play
  • something that gives the whole a beginning, middle and end
  • ability to find objectives that will lead the actors to make the story happen

A good eye

  • see what the audience is really going to see
  • ability to recognize whether things are really specific


  • ability to visualize pictures that will communicate effectively
  • ability to recognize what your actors have to contribute to the show
  • ability to make creative compromises (under pressure)

Things to Remember

  • the audience sees everything that happens on the stage and has no way of knowing what is intentional and what is accidental
  • pay attention to details
  • go to extremes to define units that nail down the progression of the story
  • don’t underestimate the need to keep your actors focused on objectives
  • nothing can really replace a clear story