A director is a person who is in charge of something important. The advertising director for a large company is the head of the department that places ads in newspapers and on TV.

Businesses have directors, and movies and plays also have directors, who oversee the way the actors deliver their lines and interpret the script. An orchestra's conductor can also be called a "musical director," and much like a film director, she guides the musicians and supervises their performance. The Latin root, dirigere, means "set straight."

Definitions of director

n someone who controls resources and expenditures

manager, managing director
bank manager
manager of a branch office of a bank
district manager
a manager who supervises the sales activity for a district
a woman manager
Type of:
administrator, decision maker
someone who administers a business

n someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show

theater director, theatre director
Harley Granville-Barker
English actor and dramatist and critic and director noted for his productions of Shakespearean plays (1877-1946)
Elia Kazanjoglous
United States stage and screen director (born in Turkey) and believer in method acting (1909-2003)
Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky
Russian actor and theater director who trained his actors to emphasize the psychological motivation of their roles (1863-1938)
stage director
someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a stage show
art director
the director in charge of the artistic features of a theatrical production (costumes and scenery and lighting)
Type of:
one who supervises or has charge and direction of

n the person who directs the making of a film

film director
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Ingmar Bergman
Swedish film director who used heavy symbolism and explored the psychology of the characters (born 1918)
Luis Bunuel
Spanish film director (1900-1983)
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
English film director noted for his skill in creating suspense (1899-1980)
Israel Strassberg
United States actor and film director (born in Austria) who was a leader in developing method acting in the United States (1901-1982)
Type of:
film maker, film producer, filmmaker, movie maker
a producer of motion pictures

n the person who leads a musical group

conductor, music director
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Leonard Bernstein
United States conductor and composer (1918-1990)
Lord Britten of Aldeburgh
major English composer of the 20th century; noted for his operas (1913-1976)
Arthur Fiedler
popular United States conductor (1894-1979)
Paul Hindemith
German neoclassical composer and conductor who believed that music should have a social purpose (1895-1963)
Sergei Aleksandrovich Koussevitzky
United States conductor (born in Russia) who was noted for performing the works of contemporary composers (1874-1951)
Leonard Constant Lambert
English composer and conductor (1905-1951)
Gustav Mahler
Austrian composer and conductor (1860-1911)
Eugene Ormandy
United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1899-1985)
Seiji Ozawa
United States conductor (born in Japan in 1935)
Leopold Antoni Stanislaw Stokowski
United States conductor (born in Britain) (1882-1977)
George Szell
United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1897-1970)
Arturo Toscanini
Italian conductor of many orchestras worldwide (1867-1957)
Bruno Walter
German conductor (1876-1962)
Baron Karl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber
German conductor and composer of romantic operas (1786-1826)
Sir Henry Joseph Wood
English conductor (1869-1944)
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the leader of a dance band
the conductor of a band
drum major
the leader of a marching band or drum corps
drum majorette, majorette
a female drum major
Type of:
artist who composes or conducts music as a profession

n member of a board of directors

Type of:
committee member
a member of a committee

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