Board of Directors

President, Karin Simpson – was born and raised in the Georgina area, and now lives here with her family.

She is a graduate of the Arts York program at Unionville high school where she was a vocal major. She has her grade 10 equivalency in both voice and piano through the Royal Conservatory of music.

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 Francais 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 15 years and is currently the Subject Head of English at Keswick High School, and is the Vocal teacher there as well. 

Karin and her husband of 20 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.

Vice President, Charlee Meadus 

Charlee is a graduate of the Sheridan College performing arts program and has been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember. She was a competitive dancer for years and has performed in many musical theatre productions such as the Wizard of Oz as Dorothy (Queensville players) the hunchback of Notre Dame as gypsy/dance captain (Brampton Musical Theatre), the rocky horror show as Dr. Frank n Furter (Sheridan College) and many many more. Her most recent work with theatre has been choreographing High School Musical On stage with the Queensville players. Charlee loves theatre with all of her heart and cannot wait to take on the role of Vice President with this incredible theatre company and family.

Secretary, Thanasaki Chionidis – was born in Toronto and raised in Markham.
He is a graduate from Markham District High School where he was a clarinet & bass clarinet major and vocal major. He also has his grade 8 in piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music.  

After leaving high school, Thanasaki attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where he studied Music Education, earning his Bachelor of Music. There he continued to major on the clarinet under the direction of world-renowned clarinetist Peter Stoll, and was part of the Wind Symphony under the direction of Jeffery Reynolds. He also holds a minor in World History. Thanasaki then went on to attend Teachers College at OISE where he earned his Master of Teaching.

After finishing all his schooling, Thanasaki moved to London, England where he had the pleasure of teaching for one year, and immersed himself in many of the musical theatre shows that played the West End in London. He is now a Long-term Occasional Teacher with the Durham District School Board.

Thanasaki has been exposed to theatre practically all his life, his first musical was The Phantom of the Opera at the then Pantages Theatre (now Ed Mirvish) with his parents at the age of five! This musical created the passion and love he now has for musicals, having seen Phantom another 12 times and counting (including a backstage tour in NYC), he has seen numerous productions from A-Z in Toronto, Stratford, NYC, and London. 

Thanasaki first appeared in a musical in grade 7 where he played Mr. Daddy Warbucks in Annie Jr. He has also directed a small-scale production of Les Misérables at his former elementary school in Markham, during his second year of university. He is also the Director of the Queensville Players production of Disney’s High School Musical on Stage! It is the first time Thanasaki has directed a show with the Queensville Players, and could not be honoured enough to have this opportunity. 

Thanasaki has had the pleasure to work with Karin Simpson and local resident musician Glenn Marais at YRDSB Arts Camp where he himself attended as a Camper, CIT, & Counselor. He has served as a music specialist at Camp Robin Hood, a day camp based in Markham.  

In his spare time Thanasaki runs his own online business, and loves to travel. 

Thanasaki thanks Queensville Players for giving him the opportunity to be part of this amazing theatre community and is excited to help it grow into something incredible!

Artistic Director, Harry Lavigne – is very pleased to be taking on the role of Artistic Director for The Queensville Players.

Harry has over thirty years experience in theatre as an actor and director and believes in order to grow as a person as well as a company, you can not be afraid to take risks. Harry looks forward to this journey with Queensville and knows there are great things coming in the near future.
Costume Manager, Tanya Gripich – recently joined the QP Board of Directors earlier this year as Costume Manager.

As a 20 year veteran as a Constable with the Toronto Police Service as well as being a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Centres in Georgina, Tanya has always found a way to be actively involved in the community.  Since 2003, Tanya has been a part of a number of boards and committees, currently serving on the Board of Directors for Jericho Youth Services, Parent council member for Keswick Public School and Parent Council Co-Chair for Newmarket High School and is a member of Sutton Legion. Tanya has previously been a member of the Town of Georgina Safe Streets Committee, an Executive member of Udora-Leaskdale Lions Club and was Past Chair for the Sutton and District Lions Club.

With two children active in the community and theatre arts, being a part of this Theatre Company just makes perfect sense! A bargain hunter by nature, and a DIY’er at heart, Tanya brings a wide range of skill sets to the table and is excited to be a member.

Director of Marketing & PR, Ashley Harris – was born in Toronto, Ontario with a passion for the stage.

Ashley‘s life in music began at the age of 2 and then realized her passion for singing at the age of 7. She has been in numerous choirs, plays and musicals from elementary school to the end of her high school career. During her high school career, she worked as a teacher’s assistant for piano and voice at the Ontario Conservatory of Music. Graduating as a drama major at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts with a strong musical background, Ashley was admitted into the University of Toronto Faculty of Music for Music Education and Classical Voice Performance in 2012. She currently has a Grade 10 equivalency in piano and an ARCT equivalency in classical voice.

After university, Ashley pursued a career in retail management, fashion modelling and photography. In January 2020, Ashley founded her private vocal coaching business, Honey Music, where she currently helps individuals of all ages and skill levels. She also works with Keswick High School, where she occasionally teaches vocal masterclasses to the school’s vocal students.

Ashley began her journey with the Queensville Players in October 2019, where she was introduced as a special guest for the Youth Program. She had conducted a series of vocal masterclasses for those who were part of the program. Ashley was invited to apply as the Music Director of the 2019/2020 production of “High School Musical On Stage!”, and was taken on for the position.

In her spare time, Ashley spends time with her shih-tzu, Chloe, loves to cook and bake, enjoys travelling, and is currently working on becoming fluent in 8 languages: English, French, Tagalog, Greek, Spanish, Catalan, Italian and Swedish.

Ashley is very excited to be working behind the scenes as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Queensville Players! She thanks everyone for allowing her the opportunity to be part of the amazing community of Georgina and is beyond grateful to everyone for being so hospitable and welcoming!

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