Past Event

Directing Thesis: The View

August 5, 2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program is proud to present The View directed by Keenan Tyler Oliphant '21.

Written by South African writer and director Philip Rademeyer, The View explores a dystopian future where all homosexual people have been shipped off into space. From his hermetically sealed pod, the Boy looks down on a ruined, devastated Earth. He asks his last favor: a cassette tape containing messages from various people and influences he has known in his life.

An MFA Directing Thesis virtual production available from August 5–8, 2021.

Ticketing Information

To RSVP to this virtual production, you will need to create a Five OHM account at the link below. Once you make your account you can click "Thesis Productions" to get to The View's page and reserve a spot for your preferred viewing time.

All viewings are listed in EST.



David GloverCharles AnthonyTaylor BloomBrenda CrawleyClaire Curtis-WardJoseph DalfonsoNatasha HakataJarrett JungMahayla Laurence, current student Vaughn PoleVuyo SotasheAlejandra Venancio, and Marc Verzatt.

Production Team

Director Keenan Tyler Oliphant ‘21
Producer Sami Pyne ‘20
Dramaturg Elizagrace “EG” Madrone ‘20
Stage Manager current student Kait Mahoney
Scenic Consultant Andrew Moerdyk
Projection/Video Designer Alessandra Cronin
Projection/Video Engineer current student Andrew Freeburg
Sound Designer Nina Field
Composer Andrew Orkin
Lighting Designer Erin Earle Fleming
Associate Lighting Designer Corey Whittemore
Company Manager current student Anthony Louis Massa
Wardrobe current student Liv Rigdon
Run Crew current student Liz Peterson
Light Board Operator current student Connor Scully
Associate Lighting Designer Corey Whittemore

About the Director

Keenan Tyler Oliphant '21 is a theatre-maker and Director from Cape Town, South Africa. Keenan’s work is in the lineage of the communal theatre-making and storytelling traditions of South Africa. As a theatre-maker, he recalls his traditional Southern African storytelling lineage by simultaneously exchanging with histories and futures to create spaces of healing, investigation, mourning, and celebration through performance. Keenan endeavors to create work that is powerful in its relation to contemporary experience, and that challenges social and political conventions while engaging with performance as a ritual expression of the spiritual and the erotic. He is a founding member of Mixing Bowl Productions, an underground music theatre company which focuses on the promotion of alternate and contemporary music theatre works. Keenan was a part of the New Ohio Producers Club 2020, a member of the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship 2020/21 and a Drama League 2021 Fellow. He has also served as second assistant director to Rachel Chavkin (Moby Dick A.R.T Cambridge 2019), Raja Feather Kelly (We’re Gonna Die Second Stage Theater New York 2020) and is Associate Director for the Bengson’s work in progress OHIO (St Ann’s Warehouse Workshop April 2021).