About Neil

Most recently, Neil directed and produced the critically acclaimed Australian premiere of DOGFIGHT at the Hayes Theatre Co. In 2014, he directed Passion at The Arts Centre in Melbourne for Life Like Touring. Earlier in 2014, he produced and directed Truth Beauty And A Picture Of You, and was one of the producers of Sweet Charity at Hayes Theatre Co (with Luckiest Productions). Sweet Charity went on to tour the country in 2015 and win 3 Helpmann and 3 Sydney Theatre Awards.

Neil was recongnised for his significant contribution to Australian musical theatre when he was awarded the 2014 CHIEF GLUG AWARD for excellence behind the scenes. 

For several years, Neil Gooding was employed by Jacobsen Entertainment. His time at Jacobsen marks many great achievements in his career, including being 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. He was also the tour accountant on the road with Ja Rule and Ashanti in 2003.

In 2005, Neil spend several months contracting to Jacobsen Entertainment exploring the potential of overseas productions of Dirty Dancing. During this time he also worked for Delta Goodrem, touring with her as her accountant on her Visualise Tour.

For Packemin Productions, Neil has produced and directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatHairspray, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Beauty & the Beast as well as the recent sell-out season of The Phantom of the Opera.

Over the years, Neil Gooding has worked on many projects including Yarn (for AIM), Diciasette (for Mark Vincent), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, A Little Touch of Chaos (New Musicals Australia), Back to the 80's, The Road to Bethlehem for Short, Sweet & Song - which was awarded Best Australian Work), the Kookaburra workshop of The Silver Donkey, Keeping Annabelle for Short & Sweet in 2007, Listen to My Heart and the two Australian workshops of the new Australian musical The Hatpin. As a director, Neil has received numerous award nominations including Best Director at the 2009 Helpmann Awards and Green Room Awards for his work on Gutenberg! The Musical. Neil has also recently directed Nick Christo's cabaret show The Fabulous Frances Faye which was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critic Award and was presented in New York in 2010 at Don't Tell Mammas. This year, Neil will be directing Side by Side by Sondheim in Sydney, as well as a national tour of Love Letters starring Ian Stenlake and Rachel Beck.

Neil has been a part of many new initiatives on Sydney's independent Musical Theatre scene. Such projects include being Assistant Director/Ensemble Director for the launch concert of Kookaburra Musical Theatre Company, directing Building A Wing - a 10 minute musical for the inaugural Short, Short Sweet and Song competition – which was voted as the Winner of the Best Musical. Neil established Fast & Fresh, the under 18s short-play competition as an offshoot of Short & Sweet – the largest play festival in the world. 2014 will mark the 10th year of this competition. Most recently, Neil has established In The Pipeline – a non for profit organisation which has been set up to develop new Australian theatrical works and writers and currently stands as the head of the Board of Hayes Theatre Co in Potts Point Sydney.

Neil is the author of Back to The 80's and co author of Popstars with Nicholas Christo. Both musicals has been produced hundreds of times around the world every year and continue to do so. He produced and directed the original production of Back to The 80's starring Bruce Samazan in 2004.

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