Cruise Ship Industry Awakens with New Jobs for Performers

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Cruise Ship Industry Awakens with New Jobs for Performers

While we in the performing arts still feel the impact of Omicron, the cruise industry is already looking ahead as it prepares to entertain guests over the summer travel season. Circus artists and performers will find quite a few cruise ship employment opportunities this week from Virgin Voyages, Rising Star, and The Peel Entertainment Group. We also have behind-the-scenes job offerings from Circus Smirkus and the Caravan network.

Virgin Voyagesis changing it up on the high seas and casting for multiple experiences currently playing on their ladyships, as well as two brand-new productions launching this summer!  They are looking for diverse, multidisciplinary, contemporary circus artists with movement and dance qualities, acting skills, floor acrobatics, and partner work. Performers must be magnetic team players, comfortable with up-close audience interaction.

While this is an open call, Virgin Voyages will only see performers who are able to present at least one of the following disciplines: Banquine flying / Hand-to-Hand flying; Banquine base / Hand-to-Hand base; Aerial Straps; Aerial Hammock / Braided Hammock; Aerial Ropes / Multi Corre / Loop; Aerialists who perform Silks, Lyra, and/or Hoop who can ALSO do Femme Funk / Heels Dance and contemporary choreography; Dance Pole Artists who can do Femme Funk / Heels Dance and contemporary choreography; Acrobats/ Gymnasts/Tumblers who can dance contemporary and commercial hip-hop, do base lifts, and be lifted.

Salary varies per role and discipline, but the minimum is $1,300/wk. Housing, transportation, and all meals are provided.

In the next two weeks, in-person auditions will be hosted by the company in Chicago, New York, and Orlando

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Rising Star Talent Agency also has a few cruise ship opportunities this week for circus performers and musicians

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The Peel Entertainment Group is looking for 2- to 4-member visual acts & versatile acrobatic tumbler groups for a prestigious 3-6 month cruise contract commencing in March/April 2022.


Circus Smirkus is looking to fill many open positions for both the Big Top Tour and Smirkus Camp programs for the 2022 summer season! Both programs will begin mid-June 2022 at their residential campus in Greensboro, Vermont.

Open positions include:

  • Administrative Coordinator – this position provides general administrative and clerical support to all Smirkus programs and departments on a year-round basis. 
  • Finance and Business Manager – this position oversees Circus Smirkus’s administrative and financial functions, including accounting, workflows, and software functions, while working closely with Smirkus department heads and directors.
  • Experienced Circus Head Coach – this position oversees all circus instruction and related activities at Smirkus Camp, supervises circus coaches and rigging staff, and ensures instructional quality and safety at all times. This is not a gig job, but a long-term opportunity in the form of a seasonal job. 
  • Coaches in the disciplines of clowning, juggling, and acrobatics.

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Caravan International Youth and Social Circus Network is searching for an experienced and confident Development Manager to lead the international network into its next phase and ensure the delivery of its new strategic plan. The successful candidate will understand the power of the arts and be a highly motivated problem solver, fluent in English and brilliant at connecting individuals and organisations from all around the world. With a proven track record of securing European/international funding, managing projects, and leading and listening to people from all around the world, the candidate will also have experience working in a social/community/educational context and enthusiasm for using circus as a tool to improve outcomes for children, young people, and communities.


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