Stage Manager

Join Disney Cruise Line as Stage Manager! Lead live show performances in the Walt Disney Theatre, manage performers, and ensure the highest quality. Apply now!

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About this role

Job Title:
Stage Manager

Disney Cruise Line (Ship Based)

Job Description:

We are currently recruiting for the position of Stage Manager for Disney Cruise Line.

As Stage Manager you will oversee all aspects of live show performances in the Walt Disney Theatre while providing leadership, coaching and development for the Main Stage Performers and Assistant Stage Manager; also act as Company Manager for Cast. Call all technical show cues (extensive show cues with automation, audio, moving lights, spotlights, electronics, pyrotechnics, and performance flying systems) and manage Performers for all onboard performances; train Assistant Stage Manager to act as back-up when needed and act as House Manager for the Walt Disney Theatre.

You will report to the Cruise Director and have on average 20 direct reports.


  • Ensure/maintain show quality with both Cast direction and technical aspects within the Walt Disney Theatre
  • Work closely with Cruise Director, Technical Production Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Senior Technician Walt Disney Theatre, and Senior Costume Technician in relation to show and technical operations within the Walt Disney Theatre
  • Create and communicate weekly Cast rehearsals, call times, performance schedule, and Character greeting schedule for Main Stage Performers
  • Work closely with Character Manager to help facilitate scheduling for the Characters Performers in relation to show needs
  • Oversee rehearsals, warm-ups, show modifications and other factors related to the running of each Walt Disney Theatre shows; work closely with Character Manager, Dance Captains, Vocal Captain, and Character Line Captain
  • Facilitate department meetings as well as Production meetings with the Technical team
  • Provide leadership for all direct reports; Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    – Managing personnel files
    – Conducting performance reviews, including discipline as needed
    – Ensuring Project Onboard compliance
    – Input and ensure appropriate understudy and/or premium payments are entered and accounted for in STAR
    – Process all pre-approved personal leave requests, family travel requests, dining requests, and any other ship wide forms as needed
    – Onboard training, new hire and ongoing
    – Succession planning
    – Crew recognition and communication
  • Complete Walt Disney Theatre show and daily reports outlining overall show quality issues
  • Ensure that tracking sheets indicate Cast roles in each show and that understudy roles are maintained for each Performer
  • Maintain up-to-date scripts for all Walt Disney Theatre shows
  • Partner with shore side Entertainment, Recruiting and Talent Casting regarding replacement needs
  • Partner with shore side Entertainment team to coordinate:
    – Cast Crossover schedule and opening cruise performances
    – Implementation of Walt Disney Theatre show changes and special event performances
    – Maintenance cruises for Resident Show Director, Dance Supervisor, Vocal Director, and/or Talent Casting
    – Replacement needs

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years stage management, theatre operations experience, working with highly technical shows
  • Working knowledge of current live theatre practices
  • Previous experience as or in Company Management
  • Previous experience calling shows with a large scale production
  • College degree or related schooling associated with Stage Management, Technical theatre, education, entertainment, or related field of study preferred
  • Proven experience leading and motivating a team
  • Previous Disney Entertainment Operations experience, preferred
  • Previous technical or performance experience a plus
  • Ability to organize and prioritize team goals
  • Ability to be flexible, self-motivated, handle multiple demands, stay calm under pressure and resolve issues quickly
  • Good understanding and respect for Entertainers
  • Exceptional presentation, communication and organizational skills

Additional Information:

This is a shipboard role

You must:

  • Be genuinely interested in a career at sea and willing to live and work onboard a Disney Cruise Line vessel
  • Be willing to follow and perform safety role, emergency responsibilities and associated responsibilities as specified in the ship Assembly Plan
  • Be willing to uphold the general safety management responsibilities as specified in the Safety Management System in areas and operations under their control
  • If applicable, be willing to share a confined cabin with other crew members and appreciative of working and living in a multicultural environment that has strict rules and regulations

Your Responsibilities:

  • Have a valid passport and C1/D Seaman’s visa (DCL will provide you with documents to obtain this)
  • Complete a pre-employment medical
  • Obtain a criminal background check
  • Bring approved work shoes

Disney Cruise Line is a drug-free workplace. All new hires are required to undergo drug/alcohol testing within the first week onboard and throughout their contracts. Failure to pass the drug/alcohol testing will result in immediate termination.


About Disney Cruise Line:

A leader in the cruise industry, Disney Cruise Line provides a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can experience all the magic that Disney has to offer. Guests can sail out of ports around the world on exciting itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska and Europe, among others. Aboard the fleet of four ships – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – and Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas – Castaway Cay, crew members provide guests with unparalleled service, enchanting storytelling and immersive family entertainment that only Disney can deliver.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

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