Bio

Niall McNeil has been involved with theatre from an early age through his long association with the Caravan Farm Theatre.  As a youngster he performed in As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Bull by the Horns and Strange Medicine.

Niall performed in many of Leaky Heaven Theatre’s shows since its inception in 1999 under the direction of Steven Hill, including Leaky Heaven Circus -Part One, Typhoon, Conference of the Birds, Birthdy Boy, King Llyr, Zigguart, Bonobo and finished with Salome in 2006.

In 2010 Niall performed in A Christmas Carol as a member of the English Acting Company of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Hinton.

Niall and Marcus Youssef have written two plays together, Peter Panties (Leaky Heaven/Neworld Theatre, 2011) and King Arthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre, 2017).  Veda Hille composed the music for both plays.

Niall’s acted in Marie Clements short film Pilgrims in 2012.

Niall loves researching new ideas, writing lyrics and writing plays and is making his first foray into the world of documentary filmmaking. 

Niall and his collaborators Anton Lipovetsky and Lucy McNulty have been awarded a 2020-21 Dan Fund Commission to work on the first draft of their new musical Cowboy Tempest Cabaret for Musical Stage Company in Toronto.

Niall has just completed his Documentary Film “The Originals” Commissioned by Estelle Shook AD Caravan Farm Theatre, a film about the founders of the Caravan Stage Company and Caravan Farm Theatre and an exploration of Niall’s roots as as an artist.

A Christmas Carol, NAC production, 2009. Photo: Andrée Lanthier.

Published Work

Awards & Nominations

  • 2020 – Niall and collaborators Anton Lipovetsky and Lucy McNulty were awarded the Dan Fund commission to complete a first draft of an original musical ‘Cowboy Tempest Cabaret’,  by Musical Stage Company in Toronto.
  • 2018 – Studio 58 Niall received a Certificate of Honor from Studio 58/Langara College, Kathryn Shaw AD, for his outstanding performance in King Arthur’s Night, produced by Neworld Theatre
  • 2018 – King Arthur’s Night was the Winner of a Jessie Richardson Award in Vancouver for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, Neworld Theatre
  • 2011 – Peter Panties, written by Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef, won a Critics Choice, Innovation Award at the Vancouver Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

"McNeil’s singular voice and imaginative inner landscape are at the centre of these works, and in them entirely new worlds and languages are invented. Through dialogue and play, through the power of association, he subverts expectations. In these plays McNeil and Youssef challenge the classifications that “neurotypicals” presume must be the only legitimate means of perceiving and naming the world."

Praise for 'King Arthur's Knight' & 'Peter Panties'Talonbooks, 2018