The unemployed actor is so common that it is almost a cliche. But other theater artists have times between gigs, too.
Having recently turned down my directing gig for this summer, I find myself unemployed.
While actors have a number of ways to keep their skills sharp between jobs, what can a director do? Actors take classes in voice, movement, acting, improvisation. Actors work on their audition pieces.
What can a director do? The medium in which we work is the energy exchange between human beings. It's hard to exercise that skill set without human beings!
We directors can read plays, read theory, go to plays, talk into the night with theater buddies.
But as far as practicing the real gifts of communication, connection, synergy? Not so much.