by Jim Murchison
In my limited experience as a director I stood back most of the time and let the cast do the work to see how their own chemistry evolved. When things got off track, I would nudge them back. Often times I would discuss general things and then tighten up after they would do a run or two at a scene. Of course you also have to eventually tell the cast where they are on stage and give them time to be comfortable with where they move to make sure that no one is upstaging the central focus.