Resident Director

Date Posted: Nov 01, 2018

Salary: $85,000-$100,000/year
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: Business
Job's focus: Both
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

The Walt Disney Company (Canada) Ltd.
Disney Cruise Line (DCL), a division of The Walt Disney Company, operates a four-ship fleet of premium class cruise liners and is the industry leader in family vacations at sea. DCL Entertainment (Toronto) is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company Canada, and serves as the rehearsal headquarters for DCL’s award-winning theatrical productions. Within a state of the art entertainment rehearsal facility, DCL’s production teams pride themselves on creating memorable family entertainment that is both enchanting and magical – delighting the young and young at heart with legendary Disney storytelling.

Job Description

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and reporting to the Director of Artistic & Production, the Resident Director will be responsible for leading a Disney Cruise Line Toronto creative team, partnering with the production group in accomplishing the ongoing remounts of DCL entertainment product.
1 Position – Full Time Permanent

Salary Range:
$85,000 - $100,000

Medical Plan (life insurance, AD&D, medical/dental, STD/LTD coverage) & RRSP/DPSP Program Eligibility

Language of Work:

  • Manage a creative team of 3-5 Disney creative professionals, scheduling, performance feedback, coaching, growth and development
  • Teaches and directs existing staging/motivation, choreography and Disney character development to both Character and Mainstage performers involved in Disney Cruise Line productions – including but not limited to theatrical productions, deck parties, theme nights, character programs and other Disney specific entertainment events and activities
  • Works in partnership with the Production Manager on all cast related issues – both creative and operational
  • Responsible for the casting, assigning, and tracking of Disney Characters and Disney principle actors and understudies
  • Collaborates and partners with a range of Disney professionals to include:
    • WDI Creative Directors
    • DCL & WDE Show Directors
    • Production Manager
    • Vocal Directors
    • WDE Talent Casting
    • Choreographers
    • Senior Technical
    • Stage Manager
    • Character Manager
    • WDE Puppet Specialist
  • Overall responsibility for maintaining Disney creative standards, including but not limited to show quality, character integrity, and Disney standards of safety
  • Gives notes and performance feedback to production teams and performers
  • Active participant on the DCL Toronto leadership team to ensure creative and production goals are met
  • Travel for maintenance cruises and crossovers depending on rehearsal schedule in Toronto and/or operational need onboard
  • Collaborate with the DCL Toronto team in the ongoing management and future planning of all DCL rehearsals




  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Post-Secondary education in entertainment performance, instruction & management – or equivalent in professional experience is strongly preferred
  • At least 10 years professional experience (or equivalent in education and experience) in theatrical entertainment – must include acting, vocal, and choreographic performance and direction.
  • 5 years leadership and supervisory experience in a fast-paced entertainment environment such as the Walt Disney Company (or similar).
  • Must have at least 3 years’ experience as a Theatrical Director, preferably for The Walt Disney Company, or a similar Children’s or Family Theatre entertainment entity
  • Excels at motivating large groups and serves as a mentor to future company leaders
  • Thorough understanding of Disney character brand usage and how it interfaces with the Disney Cruise Line repertory theatre operation
  • Clear understanding of DCL’s Mainstage and Character recruiting and casting processes
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Computer proficiency – Excel, Word, Outlook and Keynote
  • Willingness & ability to travel to the U.S. and internationally
  • Agreeable to all maritime sailing and seafarer guidelines, requirements and regulations, including sailing onboard the DCL ships statused as “crew" and assigned to the crew manifest.

Additional Info:

Business Address:
 200 Front Street West, Suite 2900 – Toronto, Ontario – M5V 3L4
Work Location:
 250 Front Street West – Toronto, Ontario – M5V 3G5

Our Company proudly provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants.  We welcome and encourage applications from persons with disabilities.  Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in any aspect of the selection process.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:
Karen Clarke, CHRL
Manager, Human Resources – Canada
T: 416-596-3385
The Walt Disney Company (Canada) Ltd.
200 Front Street West, Suite 2900
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3L4