Directing a show is one of the hardest jobs in show business. You have to unify the vision of multiple people to best express the writer's story to its fullest potential. You have to be able to synthesize a coherent whole from the ideas of the writer, who, if you're directing a musical, would typically be two or three people, as well as the choreographer, plus lighting, sound, set, costume, hair and makeup, and other designers. You have to be able to communicate with all of these stakeholders without going over budget and upsetting your producer. Then, of course, you have to be able to get your actors to pull it off.
Among all of these people, there may be hard workers, people with opposing opinions, a diva or two, and someone who gets sick at just the wrong moment. Hovering above it all, you'll probably have a dozen or more investors who your producer may not be able to keep out of your way. Then there are producers themselves, who are under the stress of knowing that a flop might mean they never get to do this again.
How do you handle personality clashes? How do you run your rehearsal room? How much support do you need? Are you a carrot or stick director? What methods do you employ with actors? Can you talk budgets intelligently? How do you layer your designers' visions into yours? What does your way of finessing all this tell us about you, and most importantly, about who you'd like to be, or at least play? Let's find out.
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