I watched the video of the various film actors describing what they liked and what they need from a director. A through theme is this video was wanting clarity from their directors. Meryl Streep talked about how even in the director wasn't sure what they wanted that just telling their actors that and being an open communicator was important. I think that actors want a director to engage with them and be on the level with them. They want a director to be clear and open with them through their relationship. Jeremy Renner said that he wanted a director to be able to "say what you want in a sentence or less." Being succinct with your actors and creative collaborators can only aid the creation of a clear, unified vision for the script.
Renner also mentioned that he liked when a director didn't micromanage his performance, but guided him along the way, set up boundaries in which he could work. Other actors mentioned this balance between leaving them to create their character and clarifying the director's vision for the role. A director has to be able to read their actors and tell when they need more guidance or when they can be left to do their good work. Rebecca Hall said she likes when a director has a "clear way of saying something that produces a creative response," which is very similar statement to Anne Bogart's quote "create conditions in which something might happen."
I think that these two ideas of clarity and the balance between leaving the actor to their instincts and guiding them to a decision are the most impactful for me. If I have a talented cast I want them to be able to do their best work, and that means sometimes that I step back. I think that familiarity with the cast and their abilities will be very important for me to gauge how I will work with them and the approach I take. Regardless of that consideration, being upfront about me ideas about the play will only benefit the working relationship between me and my cast.