Directing is really about storytelling. Directing means, to me anyway, that you have a concept or a feel for a play. Something about it speaks to you. Take Hamlet
, for instance. Directing also teaches you how to deal with people; it's a very high-stress job. The producer comes in the first day and has no hope that this thing is ever going to pull together and you have to get it together, piece-by-piece. You have to work with the music and the lighting designer and the set designer. You have to make sure everything comes together. It teaches you leadership."