Chairman of the Historical Commission joins the North Shore Music Theater


Historical Commission Chairman Kirk Mansfield has joined the North Shore Music Theater team as Director of Corporate and Community Relations. (Spenser Hasak)

LYNNFIELD — Historic Board Chairman Kirk Mansfield has joined the North Shore Music Theater team as director of corporate and community relations.

With a background in hospitality and event planning, Mansfield was offered the job by the theater’s general manager, Karen Nascembeni, whom he knows from the Historical Commission.

After Nascembeni’s husband, Steve, died of COVID-19, Mansfield wanted the commission to name one of the historic centers after his family.

“She (Karen) saw all the work I put into it and all the fighting with it and kind of said ‘wow, I need you to come work for me,'” said Mansfield.

Mansfield has spent the past 18 years working in Boston, but said he’s very excited about the position and loving it so far because it’s great to be closer to home and to do something different.

“My job now is to go out there and attract business and make sure the business that’s there is happy,” Mansfield said. “It’s a lot of networking, which suits me perfectly.”

Mansfield has spent the past 10 years working at the Back Bay Event Center on a variety of events, many of which were in-state working film companies.
While he said he really enjoyed his previous position, the pandemic shut him down for nearly two years.
“I went to head office and there really wasn’t much for me to do and I wasn’t really challenged in any way,” he said. “When Karen came to me and said she wanted me to do this job because she needed someone like me to hang out and network and keep the name of the theater there and bring in business, it was a good challenge for me.”

Nascembeni said she was thrilled to have brought Mansfield on board at the North Shore Music Theater (NSMT).

“His extensive experience in theater and event rentals, working with film sets in the Boston area, as well as his many years as a regional manager in the hospitality industry make Kirk a valuable addition to our organization,” Nascembeni said.

Nascembeni said Mansfield already had a great reputation with mutual theater partners in the tourism industry and after working with him on events at the community level, she saw how hard he worked and how much he is motivated.

“His commitment to his volunteer work with several diverse charities in the region is in line with the mission of charitable work in which NSMT is involved,” she said. “I can already see how well Kirk will fit into our corporate culture.”

Allysha Dunnigan can be contacted at [email protected]

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