Board of Directors
After leaving high school, Karin went in a completely different direction joining the Canadian Armed Forces where she was a member of the Regular force Navy for three years. During that time she was part of the very first Haiti brigade, and did two six month tours back to back with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia. She holds the Canadian peacekeeping medal as well as the UN medal for her service.
After releasing from the military, Karin attended university where she received an Honours Degree in English and a Certificate de Français Practique. She later attended Teacher’s College where she became qualified to teach English and French at the Intermediate and Senior level. She has been an employee of the York Region District School Board for the last 20 years and is currently the Subject Head of English at Keswick High School.
Karin and her husband of 24 years have two beautiful children. Together they enjoy traveling, playing on sports teams and participating in community theatre. Karin and her family have been active members of the Queensville Players for number of years and have participated in their productions together as a family. Karin recently was nominated by ACTCO for a THEA award in the category of “Best Female Supporting Actor in a Musical” for her role as the “Baker’s wife” in Into the Woods. While at a Disney vacation with her family, she won an American Idol contest at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She has won several karaoke contests over the years, and enjoys singing whenever she can.
Aside from musical theatre and vocal performances, Karin enjoys running and kickboxing. She has completed an Ironman triathlon, a full marathon, 6 half marathons, and several 10km races.
Katie is thrilled to be joining the QP board after many decades of performing with the group. While her last appearance on stage was as Lola La Mar (Copacabana), she has had the pleasure of working with Queensville Players and Marquee Theatrical Productions in a choreography capacity over the past few years, and looks forward to returning as a cast or crew member in the exciting productions planned the upcoming year.
Treasurer, Jeffrey Simpson – has been associated with The Queensville Players Theatre Company for more than a decade supporting his wife’s passion for theatre.
Over the past five years he selectively sought roles in two productions to share the stage with his family, one as the Wizard in the The Wizard of Oz! and an upcoming performance of High School Musical as Coach Bolton. Recently he has joined the QP Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Off stage and out of the Boardroom Jeffrey is a High School History teacher who has a passion for learning. He also tries to be physically active for his own heart health cycling and playing tennis with friends.
Secretary, Nicole Hill – has lived in Georgina since 2002 and has been invovled with The Queensville Players since her ensemble role with QP in The Sound of Music.
Nicole is a Programmer in her day job and works on, and has combined her skills and her passion for community by donating time to maintaining websites for the community, including this QP website, Georgina Cares, Georgina Historical Society.
Nicole has several hobbies and passions including reading, working out, travel, gardening, knitting, and oil painting.
Artistic Director, Cadina Meadus Doedens
Cadina is a great lover of the Theater Arts World. She started her love as a professional soloist and later joined the theater world about 25 years ago. She Studied at Seneca College and has a wide variety of experience including Directing, Stage managing, Assistant stage manager, Head of Props Costume Design, Head of Wardrobe, Set design and decorating, as well as playing leading and ensemble roles for numerous Community Theater productions. Her most recent attribute was as part of the professional production team of Rock of Ages in Toronto. She looks forward to witnessing new talent and encouraging all artists young and old to keep their dreams alive and living their artistic potential.
Costume Director, Tanya Gripich
After living in various areas across the GTA and beyond while growing up. Tanya eventually moved to the Georgina area to establish roots and raise a family in 2003. After a 23 year career as a Police Officer in Toronto, Tanya has turned in her badge and is now an active, full-time local Real Estate Agent. In addition to being on the Board as Costume Manager for the Queensville Players, Tanya has been a part of a number of other boards and committees including, Peaceful Hearts (current Board Member), Jericho Youth Services, Parent Council for Keswick Public School and Newmarket High School, Town of Georgina Safe Streets Committee, Executive member of Udora-Leaskdale Lions Club and Past Chair for the Sutton and District Lions Club.
A former competitive track and field sprint athlete throughout high school as well with Ontario Master’s in previous years, Tanya is a bargain hunter by nature, a DIY’er at heart as well as a movie enthusiast. Tanya currently resides in Jackson’s Point with her husband and two children.
This is Tanya’s debut on stage in a theatre performance capacity. She also performed in a vocal number in Queensville Players 40th Anniversary Show. Tanya is also Stage Manager for QP’s upcoming spring performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in April 2023.