Being a High School Director:
1. Never underestimate your actors' potential.
2. Always try to find SOMETHING an actor is doing well even if everything they are doing seems destined for failure.
3. During rehearsals, the actors perform for you so make them KNOW you are paying attention to them. During the show, they still perform you even though the audience believes they are performing for them and the actors believe they are doing it for themselves.
4. Allow actors to feel out their roles. BUT some people need more coaching. Be flexible and intuit what an individual needs. Be specific in giving hooks. (I am working on getting better at this).
5. I have not figured out rehearsal pacing yet. When do I tell them to be off book? When do I yell at them for not knowing their lines? What is the fine balance between sternness and generosity?
6. When there is little less than one week before showtime, work with what you got. Don't add anything more.
7. SHOW the LOVE
8. The actors internalize your comments so choose your words carefully.
9. When directing use VERBS. For example: "Look Angry" is a bad stage direction: instead: "Prowl around the stage like you are a tiger in a cage" is more specific and doable.
10. It will all come together (albeit, a few SNAFUs)