My directing style is highly influenced by my obsession with the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. In these plays the directors job, in my personal opinion is to insure the script is not only clear but immediately compelling to the actors in the room and to the audience in the theater. All else is secondary to direct, engaging storytelling. I believe this lesson, like so many of the lessons one learns from shakespeare, is universal to all plays. With contemporary work I strive no less hard to find the immediacy and clarity of the story.
As a recovering actor I also recognize the essential nature of the director-actor relationship. I believe a director is more manager than teacher. The actors are the experts. A director is not there to teach them how to act but rather to make sure all facets - actors, the design team, and management are working towards a single goal and are enabled to pursue that goal.