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Mansfield Entertainment Canada is a family-owned and operated professional theatre company based in Oshawa, Ontario. Committed to delivering high-quality entertainment, we take pride in offering diverse productions that resonate with audiences across Ontario. Our mission is to provide employment opportunities to Canadian artists and celebrate the dedication of our working professionals.


Led by Joan Mansfield, our Artistic Director, James Mansfield, our Executive Producer, Mansfield Entertainment is dedicated to enriching the cultural landscape through engaging theatrical experiences. With a focus on inclusivity and creative collaboration, we strive to bring captivating performances to the stage.


Join us in celebrating the art of theatre and the talents of Canadian artists as we continue to inspire and captivate audiences through the magic of live performance.

Learn more about our history here

Evil Dead 2022


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Artistic Director CEO

Joan Mansfield was born in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1950s – a period of pain and suffering for many, due to the evils of Apartheid. In 1966, leaving for a new, and safer, life – Daniel and Cynthia Carelse, and their two children, Joan and Clement, emigrated to Canada, making a home for themselves in North York, Ontario. In the 1970s, Joan was a glamour model for fashion and cosmetics lines, and found an enriching lifelong career in children’s education, often infusing her love of theatre to nurture arts in education. Joan met James Mansfield in the mid 1970s, and they’ve been married since 1976. Over nearly 50 years together, Joan and James have owned and operated a number of businesses – a booming chip truck in the 80s and 90s, and an e-bike and motorsports store in the late 00’s, and into the very early 10’s. The business that has never left their hearts is Mansfield Entertainment – which started out as jjazmans productions in the late 1990s, evolving over nearly three decades to become one of the few commercial regional theatres in Ontario, now committed to providing employment to artists in their own “backyard”. Joan has been Artistic Director for the company’s entire journey thus far, and has directed most of the productions for the company, and is committed to many more years in these roles

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Executive Producer CFO


James Mansfield was born in small-town Saskatchewan in the 1950s. Recently retired, he concluded a nearly-50 year career as a firefighter with the Oshawa Fire Services. As Executive Producer for Mansfield Entertainment, he has contributed much to the continued mandate in offering artistic opportunities and employment to emerging artists as they begin their careers, and to those who well into their careers already as he shares the same commitment to revitalizing the City that he loves. You can also find him doing driving for the productions, pick ups, deliveries, set building, and plenty more!

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Resident Stage Manager


Mansfield Entertainment’s Resident Stage Manager, Kit Bauldry (she/her), has been with the company since 2013. Kit was introduced to the crazy, high energy backstage world while assisting Joan on a school production of Rats, and has been hooked ever since. Select productions include The Music of the Night and Music of Broadway tours, A Christmas Story, Next to Normal, Rent, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Last 5 Years, Daddy Long Legs, Evil Dead, (3 times),Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Aladdin musicals, dramatic productions of Oliver, The Giver, The Laramie Project, Tuesdays With Morrie, Any Night, and the Christmas Pantomimes of Peter Pan, Aladdin, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and The Spongebob Musical. Kitt was involved in her church’s Christmas Eve Youth Productions, (featuring live animals), for 20 years, as backstage manager, assistant director, and as director for my final 5 years. Kit is a retired Education Assistant, who when not working on productions, enjoys sewing, hiking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and her two beautiful and energetic granddaughters.Her goal backstage is to run an efficient, and organized backstage, supporting the actors in a calm, kind, fun, and supportive manner, and to ensure that the director’s vision is carried out to the fullest.

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