Artistic Team


Justin Shaw

Artistic Director | Actor | Writer | Comedian

Originally from Prince Edward Island, Shaw is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. While in Montreal, Shaw was active in the Montreal stand-up comedy scene, winning the Comedyworks Triple Crown Award in 2016. Shaw won the Patron’s Pick Award at the 2017 Island Fringe Festival with his solo show The Wrestling Play, which he developed with the Young Creators Unit of Playwrights Workshop Montreal.

Theatre credits include: The Taming of the Shrew (2012), While We’re Young (2013), and Electra by Euripides (2014) for Vagabond Productions; Love Play (2016), Wrench-Man (2016), King Lear (2016), The Laramie Project (2016), Exit the King (2017) and These Peaceable Kingdoms (2017) for the National Theatre School of Canada; Nutshell (2016) for Fantastic Space; The Wrestling Play (2017) for Wrath of Shaw Comedy/Theatre; Just Because; A Christmas Carol (2017), Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii (2018) for Keyano Theatre Company; AHOY! A Pirate’s Life for Me (2019) and A Knight to Remember dinner theatres (2018) for Theatre; Just Because. Writing credits include The Wrestling Play and AHOY! A Pirate’s Life for Me; Directing credits include Macbeth (2019) in partnership with Keyano Theatre Company.



Diana Moser

Company Manager | Actor | Director

Moser is an actress, director, and arts administrator who has performed several times with Keyano Theatre Company and with Theatre; Just Because, She is also a a trained musician and singer. She has been part of the organizing committee for the annual Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) North Zone one act play festival since 2016 and by day works for Arts Council Wood Buffalo as the Programs Manager. Moser was named one of region's Top 50 Under 50 in 2017 by Balsom Communications/Your McMurray Magazine and one of the 12 Woman of Inspiration in 2018 by Girls Inc of Northern Alberta.

Theatre credits include: Macbeth (2019), Mere Mortals (2019), The Awesome 80s Prom dinner theatre (2017), Check Please (2016), Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot dinner theatre (2016), and The Most Massive Woman Wins (2015) for Theatre; Just Because;  Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii (2018), A Christmas Carol (2017), Spoon River Anthology (2017), Run for Your Wife (2016), A Few Good Men (2015), Cabaret (2015), and Les Miserables (2014) for Keyano Theatre Company; Light (2017) and The Hope Slide (2017) as independent productions. Directing credits include AHOY! A Pirate’s Life for Me (2019) and A Knight to Remember dinner theatres (2018) for Theatre; Just Because.


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Hanna Fridhed

communications & resource manager | Actor | Director

Originally from Sweden, Fridhed is an actress, director, and communicator who started in the performing arts in her university theatre group, Lund Student Theatre. She works as the Communications Coordinator with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, and as the Front of House and Volunteer Manager for Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. She is very active in the arts community, previously holding positions as the Director - Community on the Arts Council Wood Buffalo board of directors, as the Chair of Arts & Entertainment for the Fort McMurray Food Festival, and as the Community Ambassador for Keyano Theatre Company. Fridhed is currently the North Zone representative of the Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) and as a Director of the Board for Theatre Alberta. She was named one of region's Top 50 Under 50 in 2016 by Balsom Communications/Your McMurray Magazine.

Theatre credits include: Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii (2018), The Drowsy Chaperone (2018), A Christmas Carol (2017), Spoon River Anthology (2017), Run for Your Wife (2016), A Few Good Men (2015), Goodnight Ladies (2015), and A Christmas Carol (2014) for Keyano Theatre Company; The Awesome 80s Prom dinner theatre (2017), Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot (2016), and AHOY! A Pirate’s Life For Me (2019) dinner theatre for Theatre; Just Because; Light (2017) independent production. She also directed Two Eggs (2017), Bend over, Beethoven (2018), and The Myths and Bricks Project (2019) as independent productions and SCABS (2016) for Theatre; Just Because.


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Natalie Farahani

stage manager

Natalie has been involved in technical theatre for the past six years. She was the Theatre; Just Because Stage Manager for The Awesome 80s Prom dinner theatre (2017), A Knight to Remember dinner theatre (2018), Ahoy! A Pirate's Life For Me dinner theatre (2019) and Macbeth (2019). Natalie worked with Keyano Theatre Company as an Assistant Stage Manager for Deathtrap (2013), A Christmas Carol (2014), A Few Good Men (2015), Into The Woods (2016), and The Other Side Of The Pole (2016);  as an Assistant Sound Technician for Cabaret (2015); and as a Stage Manager for The Odd Couple (2015) and Steel Magnolias (2016). She was also the Stage Manager for the one act shows Sure Thing (2016), What Time Does The 3 o' Clock Parade Start (2019) and Brain Sucking (2017) for which she received an Alberta Drama Festival Association award for Outstanding Technical Achievement. 



Michelle Thorne

Co-FOUNDER | Director |Producer | actor

Thorne is a director, producer, and actor now pursuing a Masters in Directing at the University of British Columbia. Directing projects include The Fantastic Mr. FoxThe Awesome 80s Prom, Fanny & Manny Tie The Knot, The Most Massive Woman Wins, and Louis and Dave for Theatre; Just Because; The Other Side of the Pole and Steel Magnolias for Keyano Theatre Company. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts from the University of Lethbridge. Michelle has also participated in the Wood Buffalo arts community as the Program Manager for Arts Council Wood Buffalo, Front of House for Keyano Theatre, as well as an Artist Educator for Learning through the Arts.


Danna-Rae Evasiuk

Co-FOUNDER | Lighting/Sound Designer | Composer | TEchnician

Danna-Rae is a lighting and sound designer, composer, and theatre technician. She received a diploma in Technical Theatre Design and Production from Red Deer College. Born and raised in Fort McMurray, she has deep roots in this town and loves seeing the theatre community flourish. She was the house technician at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, and before that an Artist-Educator with Learning Through the Arts — holding workshops on songwriting, producing, and audio recording.

Jenn Townsend

Jennifer Townsend

Actor | Director | Program Coordinator | Promotional Manager

Jennifer Townsend was born and bred in Fort McMurray with a passion for all things theatre. She graduated from Keyano College’s VPA program specializing in Performing Arts. Since then, Jennifer has dedicated countless hours both backstage and onstage for Theatre; Just Because as well as Keyano Theatre Company. Acting credits include The Totally Awesome 80’s Prom, Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot, I, Claudia, and The Most Massive Woman Wins for Theatre; Just Because; Steel Magnolias, The Vagina Monologues, Bedtime Stories, and Calendar Girls for Keyano Theatre Company. She was also an avid volunteer with the Keyano Theatre Company, Assistant Stage Managing productions such as Deathtrap, Les Miserables, and Hometown! The Musical.

Her directorial debut Sure Thing was with Theatre; Just Because as part of their WordPlays Festival, which later went on to compete at the ADFA Regional One Act Festival and won her the Outstanding Director award. She was also the Assistant Director of the Theatre; Just Because Youth Production of The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Jennifer now resides in Montreal, where she has just received a degree in Performance Creation from Concordia University and continues to work on various projects.


Pattie Dwyer

Writer | Actor

Dwyer has been working and performing in theatre for over a decade. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Visual and Performing Arts diploma from Keyano College. Dwyer was previously the dramatic arts instructor with the UpTown Triple Threat program for youth at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts. Performing and play-writing is her specialty. She has received numerous awards for her work, including Outstanding Actress and Production for her and Justin Shaw's original clown piece Mooda and Tula Go Camping, Outstanding New Work, Best Actress, and Best Production for her original piece Mountain Top, and Best New Work and Best Actress for her original work Anasula from the Alberta Drama Festival Association. Dwyer was also nominated for a Rosie Award for Best Actress in Western Canada for the short film Awaken

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Katerina Petukhova

technical designer

Katerina has a MFA degree in theatre arts from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She was the mastermind and creator of A Knight to Remember dinner theatre (2018) costumes, props, puppets, lights, name it! Her work begins at the start of the production planning process and ends on opening night; she loves to create the design ideas. She also loves to play accordion and enjoys studying foreign languages. A Knight to Remember was her first theatre project in Fort McMurray, and Katerina is profoundly grateful for director Diana Moser’s support. Look for Katerina’s other projects under her puppet company, Pink Whale Theatre.