Magical Intervention

Keenan Oliphant

In June of 2017 the Vuya Foundation pledged R20 000 on CapeTalk Radio to help an aspiring young man achieve his dream of attending Columbia University in the United States.

Keenan Oliphant has always had a passion for the arts and is a diverse performer with expertise in many fields of entertainment. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Vocals, Drama and English and Bmus Honours in Jazz Vocal Performances, Keenan has appeared in several musical productions at notable theatres such as the Baxter TheatreArtscape Theatre CentreTheatre On The Bay and renowned UCT Little Theatre.

Wanting desperately broaden his horizons, Keenan applied to Columbia University in the City of New York for their Masters in Fine Arts for Directing in Theatre degree. The Ivy League University has a reputation for producing some of the most academically, athletically and artistically talented students and has an acceptance rate of only 7%! And Columbia, clearly recognizing Keenan’s potential, granted him acceptance. But a new challenge presented itself: raising the funds to afford the tuition. This was the beginning of his campaign for funding.

The Vuya Foundation is proud to support Keenan who has vowed to learn all he can over the next three years and to bring those teaching back to the motherland.


After all, there is no place with a more interesting story than South Africa and the medium of drama is the perfect way to share that story!

If you would like to support Keenan be sure to check out his crowdfunding project:

The interview can be heard here:


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