Neil hails from the green hills and not-so-busy streets of River Vale, NJ, where he divided his time between theatre, literature, percussion, and policy debate. He is happy to note that he has managed to maintain this balance for the entirety of his adult life.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Psychology, Neil acquired a M.F.A in Acting from the Trinity Rep Conservatory, in Providence, RI. He returned to NYC in 2003, and, since then, has made a career of theatrical performance, percussion, theatre education, and audiobook narration, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, rambunctious son, and their mutt!
Starting his professional acting career working at festivals and and international tours performing Shakespeare opened his mind to the sweeping potential of theatre in performance to inspire and delight, a sensibility he has carried into contemporary theatre, new play workshops, film, TV and commercial work, and audiobook narration. Neil also has sought and developed educational opportunities, considering teaching as a means of advancing the craft of both student and teacher, and also a vehicle for social and political change. Neil has played drums in a wide variety of bands and musical groups, from punk, to prog, to jazz, to folk, and in theatrical performance.
As an audiobook narrator, Neil specializes in fiction, genre and non. A voracious reader of science fiction, Neil strives to bring the same thrill of the possible to the actual, with non-fiction ranging from self-help both spiritual and practical, history, and cultural studies. He has a home studio, is an Audible Approved Producer, and has worked for numerous publishers, including Tantor Media, Audible Studios, Deyan Audio, Listen2ABook, and more.
Some recent accomplishments in audiobook narration include: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opium Epidemic, by Sam Quinones, was named to The Best of Audible Studios 2015 for Non-Fiction. Also, his production of H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu, part of an ongoing series of narrations of the key works of HPL, was made an Official Selection of the 2016 HEAR Now Arts Festival