dareask whoever told you this to show you a single example of this being done in print. I imagine someone could do it, I've just never seen it done.
[Random dialog from a nearby book]
"Is he sleeping again?" the Highlander pressed, anxious now.
"And him?" Morgan pointed into the mists.
"He rests still," Quickening answered unexpectedly.
"We have to hurry," he said at once, starting away again.
I believe in plays the stage directions are in present tense, but then they never use "said/says"
Actor 1: "This is the first line I've ever said onstage!"
Actor 2: "Me too!"
Actor 2 begins to skip and dance. He trips and breaks his leg.