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.
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; Neil studied the Meisner Technique for 5 years with William Alderson and Fred Kareman at Carnegie Hall Studios.
Neil is known for lead roles in Prisoner of War, FILUM, The Ongoing Audition, Max Lozzer, Colours, Fathers and Gaiety, Internal Affairs, Using the Mirror, 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. 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), and Home of the Brave (Coney). He played Alonzo, Mr Mistoffelees, Pouncival and Skimbleshanks for more than 5 years with the Vienna, Zurich, 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. He apprenticed and acted with the Mirror Repertory Company, and was was a charter member of the OHIO Theatre in SOHO New York.
Neil was fortunate to be taught to dance by Master Teacher Lynn Simonson, who awarded him her scholarship to the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and put him on faculty at her studio in New York; Dance New Amsterdam. He also studied dance with Micheal Owens , Peff Modelski, Zena Romette and Ann Reinking on full scholarship.
Neil teaches The Simonson Technique for Musical Theatre Dance and Movement for Actors at numerous studios in New York and Vancouver Canada. Neil 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 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,