Director's say it fast and cut to the core, but this project is teaching...
I will say "my work" or "my production" This is a short hand for director's concept and director's creation of text to physical performance. I can't make art if I don't have people. My husband, a classical pianist, can go into the practice room and make art, but I require actors, space, designers...and a way to share with observers, who, if even for one night's 2 hours -- a community.
Theatrical production for me is a process that I've no idea of the exact twists and turns and paranoia that lie ahead (usually actors, not mine). A process that does not entail me saying, "Everyone, follow me!" but rather me getting in the middle of the production and help everyone build their character or design or performance running crew plan. It's important for a cast and design staff to feel that the director knows where we are all going, but the individual's creation and often painful journey to get there, still remains. It must be their own; and I need to be sensitively connected to the actor's technique, striving, education, and character objective as they see it...and guide it with mine.
Remember no two actors assimilate their training, a plethora of "methods" or life-experience the same way...it's snowflake acting, really. Seriously, the director must take all these different methods and communicate and bring together all this diversity, inspire individual risk, and keep the diverse creations making sense in one production. Cohesively diverse.
I'm also wondering if I will meet ...stage mothers!!!!!
AND thrilled in that near "freak-out" way how it will fadge (see The Twelfth Night, Viola) putting these grade levels up against each other in casting. I absolutely WILL NOT have oldest student actors with parts and younger talents finding props.