Neel’s first job in New York, over 30 years ago, was answering the switchboard at Lincoln Center Theater. He is thrilled to be back home. In more recent decades, he has directed the world premieres of Eliza Clark’s Quack, Julia Cho’s Office Hour, Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, Kimber Lee’s different words for the same thing, Lucy Alibar’s Throw Me On The Burnpile and Light Me Up, Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood and Forever, the American premiere of David Greig’s The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, staged in a prickly Berkshire meadow, the thought of which still makes him smile. Neel’s productions have been mounted at many theaters, including, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Center Stage and Ireland’s Abbey Theatre. Neel is currently an Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Directors Guild of America.