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Junior Men's Figure Skating Champion of Canada

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BIO

Neil Giroday comes from 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 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 apprenticed and acted with the Mirror Repertory Company and helped create and establish the OHIO Theatre in SOHO New York. During this time he also studied the Meisner Technique of Acting for 5 years with William Alderson and Fred Kareman at Carnegie Hall Studios.


FILM

Neil is known for playing the lead roles in My Dinner with Shakespeare, Prisoner of War, Max Lozzer, FILUM, The Ongoing Audition, Colours, Fathers and Gaiety, Internal Affairs, Using the Mirror, and Margaret and the Dollhouse; which won Honourable Mention at the Montreal World Film Festival.


THEATRE

A professional Actor, Singer and Dancer, Neil has performed in theatres across Europe and North America. His numerous plays include All My Sons (Chris), Three Sisters (Andrei), Orphans (Phillip), Enemies (Ryabtsov), and Home of the Brave (Coney). Neil played Alonzo, Mr Mistoffelees and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat for more than 5 years with the Vienna, Zurich, Basel/1st International Tour of Cats. Other musicals include 3 productions of A Chorus Line, Chicago, The Pajama Game and The Wizard of Oz; in which he played the Lion for 8 months. 



DANCE


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 Ann Reinking, Micheal Owens , Peff Modelski and Zena Romette 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.

5 + years in the original production of Cats

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Student Testimonials:


"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"




Quotes:
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.                                               

                                               Janet Frame


     Art seems persuaded that there is beauty in anything,  

Absolutely anything.   
                                                                    Sherwood Anderson