Neil first appeared on stage at the age of 6 - and has been involved in Theatre in some capacity almost ever since. As a performer, he has appeared in the regional Queensland tour of Chicago in which he understudied the role of Mary Sunshine at the age of 18, as well as Glamalot - Knights In White Satin at the Lyric Theatre. Other shows include Into The Woods, The Boyfriend, Les Miserables,Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Venetian Twins, and Songforce.Neil was a cast member for the showcase production of Sinbad - A New Australian Musical. He has also toured extensively around Australia with Dirty Dick's Theatre Restaurant, as well as playing Toby in Sticks and Stones (Australia's most popular T.I.E. show).
For several years, Neil was employed by Jacobsen Entertainment (run by Mr Kevin Jacobsen and Mr Col Joye), on of Australia s most prominent theatre and concert Producers. As part of his job at Jacobsen s, 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.
In 2000, Neil established Neil Gooding Productions. The company s first productions were Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS in June 2000, which Neil both Produced and Directed, and Long Gone Lonseome Cowgirls (Directed By John Maher). Neil Gooding Productions Pty Ltd now owns the rights to Back To The 80's! which was written by Neil Gooding in 2001, and quickly became the highest performed show in Australia and New Zealand. Back To The 80's is now performed all around the world. In 2004, Neil staged his own production of Back To The 80's in Sydney, starring Bruce Samazan, which he both produced and directed.
In 2005, Neil once again worked for 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 Visaualise Tour. 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.
Neil has recently directed two workshop presentations of The Hatpin- a new Australian musical by James Millar and Peter Rutherford. He was also recently the Assistant Director / Ensemble Director for the launch concert of Peter Cousen's Kookaburra Music Theatre Company, which was directed by Gale Edwards. He has also directed Listen To My Heart, Keeping Annabelle (Short & Sweet 2007 Finalist) and Building A Wing (Short, Sweet & Song 2007 Judges Choice).