So I finally developed my own theory on directing, which is pretty primitive, but even so:
- Cast carefully - get really good actors.
- Give them some guidelines.
- Make them feel safe.
- Get out of their way.
Maybe I'll elaborate and get fancy with it. But I think this works pretty well... my STRESS AND THE CITY production was a breeze to direct mainly because I followed this theory. Also, none of the actors were evil. That helps.