Professional Film and Stage Actor.
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Junior Men's Figure Skating Film Actor Film, Television and Stage Actor Champion of Canada.
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Neil Giroday was raised in a small town on the West Coast of British Columbia Canada. He spent his adolescence as a competitive figure skater. Coached by Linda Brauckmann, Neil was the Junior Men's Figure Skating Champion of Canada, Silver Medalist at the Canada Winter Games, Western Canadian Senior and Novice Men's Champion, and was twice named Most Artistic Skater in British Columbia.
Neil is known for playing lead or co-lead roles in the films Prisoner of War, Filum, The Ongoing Audition, Colours, Fathers and Gaiety, Internal Affairs, Using the Mirror, North to Nova Scotia and Margaret and the Dollhouse; which won Honourable Mention at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Neil has performed in theatres across Europe and North America. He played Alonzo, Mr Mistoffelees, Pouncival and Skimbleshanks for more than 5 years with the Vienna, Zurich and Basel/1st International Tour of Cats. Other musicals include A Chorus Line, Chicago, The Pajama Game and The Wizard of Oz; in which he played the Cowardly Lion for 8 months.
Neil apprenticed and acted with the Mirror Repertory Company. He was a charter member of the Project III Ensemble who helped create and establish the OHIO Theatre in SOHO New York. His many plays include All My Sons (Chris), Three Sisters (Andrei), Orphans (Phillip), Enemies (Ryabtsov), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Little Timmy), Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's MacBeth (Ophelia), and Home of the Brave (Coney).
Neil is a graduate of the Professional Workshop at the Circle in the Square where he studied acting with Larry Moss, Nikos Psacharopoulous, Alan Langdon and Edward Berkeley. After graduation, Neil went on tour for 3 years with A Chorus Line and Cats. His first acting teacher was William Hickey at HB Studio.
THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
Neil was introduced to the Meisner Technique by Larry Moss. After his first 3 years touring with shows, Neil took the full 2 year Meisner Technique Program with William Alderson (Associate Director of the Neighborhood Playhouse for 20 years with Sanford Meisner). After another 2 1/2 years performing in Cats, Neil studied the Meisner Technique for 3 years with Fred Kareman at Carnegie Hall Studios.
Neil was fortunate to be taught to dance by Master Jazz Dance Teacher Lynn Simonson who awarded him her scholarship to the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. He also studied with Micheal Owens (Jazz), Peff Modelski (Ballet), Zena Romette (Floor Barre) and Ann Reinking (Fosse) on full scholarship.
PAYING IT FORWARD
In 2012, Neil took time off performing to take Lynn Simonson's Teacher Training Intensive. Upon completion of the course, Ms Simonson put Neil on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam; her studio in New York. Neil has taught Simonson Technique for Musical Theatre Dance and Movement for Actors at numerous studios in New York and Vancouver Canada. Neil coaches Athletes in Artistry and Corrective Alignment.
Neil is a member of SAG-AFTRA, UBCP-ACTRA, AEA and CAEA.
Here's to telling the stories of people who's stories might not otherwise be told.
5 1/2 years playing various
roles in the Original Production
"The warm up became something I had to do before every show"
"Thank you for teaching me that dance is something
anyone can do"
"Thank you for your passion and endless enthusiasm"
"Class is so positive and encouraging"
"I loved the upbeat atmosphere"
"I've now found my standing leg. Thank you."
"You changed the way I look at dance.
Thank you so much!"
"Class was so freeing"
From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second place
of air and light, I set down the following record with its mixture
of fact and truths and its direction toward the third place, where
the starting point is myth.
Art seems persuaded that there is beauty in anything,