Neil has been awarded a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law, both from the University of Queensland.

Neil first appeared on stage at the age of 6 - and has been involved in Theatre in some capacity almost ever since.

He has studied singing with Jenny Murphy and Leisa Barry-Smith as well as training in dance and drama. At 18, Neil toured regional Queensland in Chicago in which he understudied the role of Mary Sunshine. Other performances in Queensland include Glamalot - Knights In White Satin at the Lyric Theatre, understudy Jack for Into The Woods (Moonlight Productions), Marcel in The Boyfriend and a Student in Les Miserables. Since moving to Sydney in 1997, Neil has performed as John in Jesus Christ Superstar and Gad in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (both at The Hills Centre), Florindo in Venetian Twins (FYTC), Songforce at ATYP, and was part of the ensemble for the showcase production of Sinbad - A New Australian Musical.

In 1999, Neil toured throughout Victoria and New South Wales with Dirty Dick's Theatre Restaurant, followed in 2000 with a tour throughout Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales playing Toby in Sticks and Stones (Australia's most popular T.I.E. show) for Brainstorm Productions.

For several years, Neil was employed by Jacobsen Entertainment (run by Mr Kevin Jacobsen and Mr Col Joye), who have Produced some of Australia's most successful shows including Beauty & The Beast, SHOUT!, Fame and The Witches of Eastwick, as well as concert tours of artists including Barabara Streisand, The Three Tenors, Elton John and Michael Jackson. As part of his job at Jacobsenss, Neil was responsible for the financial administration of the Arena Productions of The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular, the Long Way To The Top concert series, De La Guarda and Dirty Dancing, as well as being the tour accountant on the road with Ja Rule & Ashanti in 2003.

At the start of 2000, Neil established Neil Gooding Productions (originally under the name Utopia Productions). The companyss first production was Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS in June 2000, which Neil both Produced and Directed.

Neil Gooding Productions Pty Ltd now owns the rights to Back To The 80's! which was written by Neil Gooding in 2001, and has become the highest performed show in Australia in the last couple of years. Back To The 80's is currently approaching its 300th production in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The show has just been released in the United States and Canada. The first production in the United States kicked off in November 2004. In 2004, Neil staged his own production of Back To The 80's starring Bruce Samazan in Sydney, which he both produced and directed.

In 2005, Neil spent a few months contracting to Jacobsen Entertainment exploring the potential of overseas productions of Dirty Dancing. Throughout June / July 2006, he worked for Delta Goodrem and toured Australia as her Tour Accountant on her VisaualiseTour. Neil also established Fast & Fresh, the under 18 short play competition which is the offshoot of Short & Sweet - the largest short play festival in the world. To complete a busy 2005, Neil directed the workshop presentation of The Hat Pin- a new Australian musical by James Millar and Peter Rutherford.

Neil was recently the Assistant Director / Ensemble Director for the launch concert of Peter Cousen's Kookaburra Music Theatre Company, which was directed by Gale Edwards. In June 2006, he also produced the second year of Fast & Fresh young playwrights competition at the Riverside Theatres in April / May 2006.

Neil is currently developing several new theatre projects. He hopes that some of these will hit the stage in 2007.

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BACK TO THE 80'S! WRITTEN BY NEIL GOODING Copyright Neil Gooding 2001. Additional Material by STUART SMITH . Revised Orchestrations and Arrangements by BRETT FOSTER . Original Musical Adaption by SCOTT COPEMAN . The photographs appearing on this website are from the production of Back To The 80's staged by Neil Gooding Productions Pty Ltd in Sydney, Australia (2004). Most of the photographs are (c) Grant Leslie, 2004
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