There are certain rules you will need to abide by during rehearsals. Initially you should work from your strength, meaning you need to identify how you work best and use that a guide. You will need to have discipline and at times you will need to be strict and people may not like you for it. You will need to call out on tardiness and other distractions while others are working.

Rules of RehearsalsIt is important to plan ahead although it is important for you to allow some flexibility in the beginning as the actors get used to one another. Make sure you don’t have your actors sitting around idly as it will bring down work morale and productivity.

If necessary give them a chance to take a break and come back at a later time when everything is more prepared and make sure you apologize for the waste of time but don’t apologize unnecessarily to gain formability.

You must make sure that the stage management receives the break they deserve as it can be an exhausting process and be sure to provide the necessary appreciation to the cast and crew for acknowledging instructions or requests efficiently and no one should be allowed to be rude or dismissive to one another.

Since the staff and crew are part of the production as well you can ask them for ideas and input as sometimes a fresh pair of eyes may provide insight you may have not seen before. At the same time make sure to read the scene you are about to rehearse before the rehearsal in case you have any fresh ideas to contribute.

Allow yourself to watch the rehearsed scenes unravel in front of you rather than reading the script as it is being read. Watching the scene play out will put you in the perspective of the audience and you can then make notes at the next take so further improve what you have already seen.

If you are faced with a problem, don’t jump head-on to solve it. Sometimes problems that manifest when left to stew resolves on it’s on or create something better. If your cast and crew are tired, don’t start with new material but instead keep on rehearsing the same scene. Once the goal for the day has been accomplished, you can end the rehearsal by thanking everyone for their hard work and job well done.

Make sure to bring a  happy mood to rehearsal – you can be mean or tough, but make sure the experience is enjoyable for everyone. If you decide to bring guests to your rehearsal it would be beneficial to ask them for their opinion and views on what was presented to them so that you have something to work and improve on during the next rehearsal.