Sometimes I have my doubts as to my value as a director; or indeed, the value of a director at all. Sometimes, doesn't it just seem that a good script and a good cast could do it on their own?
1. Choosing an excellent script and casting it well are two of the director's most important tasks- sooo even if it seems they direct themselves, in fact the "click" that happens is due to the director.
2. When the director doesn't fulfill the tasks of directing- reading, interpreting, communicating the script to the many and varied artists-of-the-theater actors, designers, promoters- the entire fabric falls apart.
This was well demonstrated to me recently by one of the student teams doing the group project in my intro class. The director did not have a grasp of the play, and therefore all the different projects of scene design, costume design, poster design were disjointed, unconnected, lacked relevance and significance to character, plot or mood.
Once again, bad art illuminates the almost invisible *good* art of directing.