The Antiscians

ANTISCIANS: (n). One of the inhabitants of the Earth, living on different sides of the equator, whose shadows at noon are cast in opposite directions.


Our story begins as every fine story should
at the brink of a break of all that is good...


World Premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

August 3rd – August 18th, 2018




Based out of LOS ANGELES, we are a team of artists, entrepreneurs, and storytellers crafting new stories of the human experience for a world that desperately yearns to understand.


Co-Artistic Director / Ryan Napier
Co-Artistic Director / Courtney Oliphant
Founding Partner / Chelsie Blackwell


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News & Updates






Ryan napier

Co-writer and performer Ryan Napier was born in Gainesville Florida and graduated from Pepperdine University (Malibu,CA)  with a degree in Theatre Arts. Ryan was apart of the Fringe First award winning ensemble of “Why Do you Stand There In The Rain?” and he also starred in its international tour as well. His television/ film credits include The Bernie Mac Show, All That, and  My Friend Violet. His recent short film, “Help Wanted” is currently premiering at Philly Sketchfest film festival (Philadelphia, PA) and the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival (Austin, Texas). 

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Courtney anne oliphant

Co-writer and performer Courtney Anne Oliphant grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and is now a Los Angeles based writer, director, and performer. She works tirelessly to find courageous stories on the fringe – the ones that reflect the truths of our communities, that fearlessly tackle controversy, and that remind us of our cultural histories. Courtney was a part of the Fringe First award winning ensemble of “Why Do you Stand There In The Rain?” She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where she received her B.A. (cum laude) in Theatre Arts, emphasis Directing/Acting. 


Doug oliphant

(Director) Doug Oliphant is an LA-based theatre director, movement director and fight choreographer. He works in development at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, as Program Director for Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, and teaches movement and stage combat at New York Film Academy. Recent directing credits include The Flu Season (Pico Playhouse), Women of 4G (Drive Theatre/Fierce Backbone), D Deb Debbie Deborah (Theatre of NOTE), Eurydice (Ophelia’s Jump Productions), SubUrbia (Pacific Resident Theatre), Lazy Boy (The Blank Theatre), Love Life Alpha (Sci-Fest LA), ELIZABETH HAMMOND–a eulogy, Rite of Seymour, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Drive Theatre), and The Sound of Silence (OC-Centric New Play Fest). He’s developed many new plays at theatres around Los Angeles with playwrights including Steve Yockey, Ashley Rose Wellman, James McLindon, Brian James Polak, Howard Ho, among others. He’s choreographed movement or fights at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum, the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre, Skylight Theatre, CalArts, Chapman University, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, The Vagrancy, and LA Theatre Ensemble. 2017 Finalist for the O’Neill’s National Directors Fellowship, recipient of the Kennedy Center’s ACTF Directing Fellowship. BFA in Acting/Directing at Central Connecticut State University, alum of the O’Neill’s National Theater Institute and studied at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy (Russia). Associate member, SDC; Associate Producer, Directors Lab West. http//DougOliphant.com



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