Venue:  Robertson Theatre
Time:  Saturday 8pm; Sunday 4:30pm
Category:  Theatre + Spoken Word
City of Origin:  St Catharines ON
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass


When do routines become addictions? At Wits’ End explores how we create, monitor and exploit patterns through movement and humour.


Sean and Nick met at Brock University and quickly established they wanted to open a theatre company that brought theatre “to the streets.” A few years later Refraction Theatre Collective was born: a collective that uses elements from modern dance, mime and music to tell linear stories in abstract ways. At Wits’ End is the premiere production from RTC. First work-shopped in August under the name What’s Your Frog, the production has since entered another devising period, and will be appearing at In The Soil with a new title: At Wits’ End.


Sean Rintoul (Artistic Director/Actor/Creator) is a graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts program with specialization in Performance. Sean is Co-Artistic Director of Refraction Theatre Collective. He also acts and collaborates with Twitches and Itches Theatre in St Catharines. Recent credits include: Circus Labyrinth (The Minotaur), Twelfth Night (Toby Belch), and RUR (Harry Domin).

Nicholas Leno (Artistic Director/Creator) is currently a MFA candidate studying at the University of Ottawa for Theatre Directing. Nicholas is the Co-Artistic Director of Refraction Theatre Collective. Recent credits include: A Journey Through Safari Niagara (Playwright/Director), The Belles Stratagem (Assistant Director/Co-Adaptor) and Hide and Seek (Director).

Jeremy Knapton (Creator) is currently studying Dramatic Arts at Brock University. Recent acting credits include: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Iago/The Ghost/Chorus), RUR (Hallemeir), Drugs are Bad (Brad), and Playwrighting 101 (The Jumper).

Eduardo DiMartino (Actor/Creator) Graduate of Humber College Devised/Physical Theatre Performance Program. Upcoming: Twitches & Itches Theatre (Bacchae; Chess Pieces; Time, Again). Credits: Slippery People (Atlantic Fringe Festival Waiting for Batteries); Twitches & Itches Theatre (Once); Theatre Lab (You Can Sleep When You’re Dead); Slumgum & Quaqua (Toronto Fringe Festival Give Up the Ghost); Third Panel (Shadowplay).

Nicola Franco (Actor/Creator) is a graduate of the Dramatic Arts program at Brock University. She currently lives in London Ontario, and is very excited to be working with RTC in St Catharines. Recent credits include: In Real Life (Coby), Awkward and Uncomfortable (Tracy), and The Belles Stratagem (Flutter).

Amanda McDonnell (Stage Manager) is a graduate of the Dramatic Arts program at Brock University. Amanda is the resident Stage Manager for RTC. Recent stage management credits include: Production Stage Manager of Awkward and Uncomfortable for Brock University and Assistant Stage Manager of Jehanne of the Witches for Brock University.

Hayley Rose Malouin (Performer) is a graduate of the Dramatic Arts program at Brock University, with a concentration in performance. She is a company member of Twitches & Itches Theatre Company, a St. Catharines-based physical theatre company that produces devised ensemble work. Hayley is also a member of KO Improv, and founder of Girl ‘Prov, a project aimed at encouraging and developing a women’s improv community in St. Catharines. Recent acting credits include: Waiting For Alonzo (Empty Box Theatre), In Real Life (Attic Window Theatre), and Once (Twitches & Itches).