Directing is really about storytelling. Directing means, to me anyway, that you have a concept or a feel for a play. Something speaks to “you” about Hamlet
, for instance. Also, directing teaches you how to deal with people. Directing is a very high-stress job. The producer comes in the first day and has no hope 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. Directing isn't about driving people."