In an earlier conversation, I told my friend that my own approach to directors is to give myself over to them. I enjoy the work of marrying my own initial instincts to a director's at-times incomprehensible, at-times apparently ridiculous, artistic vision. Thus far, I have found that, in the end, their vision is neither as incomprehensible nor ridiculous as it first appeared to me, the short-sighted actor. Even when the direction has in some big way "failed" in the final product, I've enjoyed--and learned from--having done my best either to believe in it or, at minimum, not fight it.
On the one hand, I feel (and have too frequently expressed) impatience with other performers when they have not worked as hard as I--in my insecurity and arrogance--think they should have done, and I've learned not to make too many negative presumptions about others' processes or work habits. On the other hand, I feel no ambition to force my artistic sensibilities on other performers or directors. I've been in plays in which other actors have complained bitterly behind their directors' backs and such complaining made me deeply uncomfortable.
Theater is a team sport