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, Giroday 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.He attained his Gold Figure, Gold Free Skate and Gold Competitive test levels.
Giroday has played the lead or principal roles in 17 films including: My Dinner with Shakespeare, Prisoner of War, The Ongoing Audition, FILUM, Max Lozzer, , Internal Affairs, Fathers and Gaiety, and Margaret and the Dollhouse, which won Honourable Mention at the Montreal World Film Festival. Most recently, he played the lead role in PAGANONO which is currently in post production.
Giroday has performed in numerous theatres across Europe and North America. He played Mr Mistoffelees, Skimbleshanks and Alonzo for more than 5 years with the Vienna, Zurich, Basel, and First International Tour of Cats. Other musicals include 3 productions of A Chorus Line (Greg), and the Wizard of Oz (in which he played the Lion for 8 months.)
Giroday apprenticed and acted with the Mirror Repertory Company. He is a Charter member of the OHIO Theatre in SOHO New York. His numerous plays include All My Sons (Chris), Orphans (Phillip), Home of the Brave (Coney), Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth (Ophelia), Enemies (Ryabtsov), and Three Sisters (Andrei).
EDUCATION / TRAINING
Giroday is a graduate of the Professional
Workshop at the Circle in the Square where he
studied acting with Larry Moss, Edward Berkeley,
Alan Langdon and Nikos Psacharopoulos.
He studied the Meisner Technique for 5+ years
with William Alderson (Associate Director of
the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner
for 20 years), and with Fred Kareman
at Carnegie Hall Studios.
Giroday was fortunate to be taught dance
by Master Teacher Lynn Simonson, who awarded
him her scholarship to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance
Festival, and put him on faculty at Dance New
Amsterdam; her studio in New York.
He was awarded a full scholarship at Steps NYC
where he studied Fosse with Ann Reinking,
Theatre Dance with Michael Owens, Ballet with
Peff Modelski, and Floor Barre with Zena Rommett.
A Certified Simonson Technique Dance and
Movement Instructor, Giroday has taught Musical
Theatre Dance and Movement for Actors at numerous studios in New York and in Vancouver.
He coaches actors using the Meisner Technique.
Neil is a proud 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.
"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
"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, Absolutely anything.
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