Note: This job posting is to fill a temporary position on one the MSC Cruises ships. If you are hired for this position, you will be an employee of our partner, MSC Cruises. This means you will be on their company payroll and will comply with their employment policies. Also note that this position involves working and living aboard a cruise ship for 6 to 9 months with possibilities of renewal.
Our partner, MSC Cruises is looking for a Show Operations Director who will oversee the operational and artistic activities of the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances on board of MSC Meraviglia ship. Reporting operationally to the on-board MSC Cruise Director and functionally to 45 DEGREES’ Director of Operations and Director of Artistic Quality, the Show Operations Director will act as 45 DEGREES representative on board and will be required to plan, organise, lead and manage the staff, artists and all operations related to the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances. Experience in show calling is mandatory.
· Manage the Cirque du Soleil at Sea team and ensure everything runs smoothly;
· Prepare and maintain the performance script;
· Act as principal show caller;
· Manage all aspects of on-site services to the staff and artists including administrative follow-up, human resources, transportation, lodging, etc.;
· Manage the daily performances, rehearsals, trainings and operations;
· Ensure adherence to MSC mission, policies & procedures;
· Ensure that the shows meet and maintain the high-quality artistic, technical and safety standards as established by 45 DEGREES;
· Provide show and weekly reports;
· In the event of a force majeure or catastrophic event, act as the Security Focal Point, spokesperson and coordinate the cancellation of performances with MSC Cruises & 45 DEGREES management;
· Ensure the implementation, communication and follow-up of corporate decisions, human resources and administrative rules, and processes;
· Ensure occupational health and safety procedures, norms and standards are respected;
· Implement and follow up on the artistic, acrobatic and technical adjustments as needed and modifications to various components of the Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows as requested by the Director of Artistic Quality of 45 DEGREES;
· Make recommendations to the Director of Artistic Quality of 45 DEGREES for any artistic and acrobatic changes or adjustments needed for the maintenance of the show and its performers;
· Monitor and manage contractual agreements with artists, employees & suppliers (integration, training, renewal process, etc.) and Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows assets in collaboration with MSC Cruises and 45 DEGREES;
· Act as an ambassador on behalf of 45 DEGREES and Cirque du Soleil when liaising with partners, employees, artists, suppliers, media, or local authorities for the show and promote harmonious relationships;
· Ensure an appropriate quality of life standard within the parameters set by the organization is maintained for all employees and artists.
· Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in live show management in an international context;
· Ability to work in the field while managing corporate partnership expectations;
· Show calling experience;
· Basic understanding of Qlab software;
· Working knowledge of computer software,
· International cruise ship or touring experience, an asset;
· Fluency in spoken and written English is essential; the applicant should be able to pass a CEFR Level A1 English examination;
· Be authorized and available to tour full time aboard a ship and to work in foreign countries.
· Politically savvy;
· Proven leadership skills;
· Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
· Excellent organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills.
Cirque du Soleil at Sea
MSC Cruises pair up with Cirque du Soleil to offer its guests, in a purpose-built entertainment venue, a Cirque du Soleil at Sea
exclusive shows, on-board the Meraviglia fleet. The
shows are created and produced by 45 DEGREES, a Cirque du Soleil company that also creates exclusive content, immersive experiences and customized events all over the world.
The world’s fourth largest cruise line and largest privately-owned cruise company, and market leader in the Mediterranean, South America and South Africa. Following several years of unprecedented growth, MSC Cruises sails throughout the year in the Mediterranean, and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries.