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Neal Kowalsky uses story telling to challenge familiarity and provoke imagination.

An Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Neal has worked across the country as a director and associate director. 

He was recently named a Critics Choice for best direction by Berkshire on Stage for his direction of Spamalot at The Mac-Haydn Theatre. The show was also a Critics Choice for best production.

As an associate, he has worked with some of the most talented directors in the country, incluing Tom Wojtunik on the 2014 NYMF Best of Fest winning Cloned!, and Victor Malana Maog multiple times.

Neal strives to create innovative and diversified work in theatre with the goal of provoking a conversation and inquiry from the audience that goes beyond the final curtain. He believes:

art is the means to begin a conversation.




With A Little Help From My Friends

Jo Walker’s cabaret evening of duets comes to Don’t Tell Mama on 46th Street NYC Friday October 26th at 9:30. Come join us with an evening of song and friendship.

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Otis Sallid (Choreographer), Victor Malana Maog (Director), and Neal Kowalsky in rehearsal for  South Pacific  at Drury Lane Theatre (Illinois) Spring 2018

The End of The World is Happening Again

After a successful run at The Secret Theatre’s LIC One-Act Festival, Emily Welty’s “What Do You Say at the End of the World” as an encore performance at TADA Theater in Midtown NYC. Join us October 13, 2018!


Neal is directing "What Do You Say at the End of the World" by Emily Welty in the 2018 LIC One-Act Play Festival at The Secret Theatre. Starring Jon Lawlor and Taylor Lynne. The show contains sound design by Roni Pillischer and is assistant directed by Rosalie Burke. Our production is part of Program E and tickets are available on The Secret Theatre's Website. Running July 14-August 2.


Otis Sallid (Choreographer), Victor Malana Maog (Director) and Neal Kowalsky (Associate Director) in rehearsals South Pacific at Drury Lane Theatre (Illiniois) Spring 2018.


Press &




Critics Pick for Neal's Direction of Spamalot at The Mac-Haydn Theatre

"These gentlemen  brought such originality that I felt as though I was seeing these plays for the first time–"

— Barbara Waldinger, Berkshire On Stage

( in reference to Joe Calarco's direction of Ragtime at Barrington Stage Company and Neal's direction of Spamalot at The Mac-Haydn Theatre)

“Kowalsky has done a great job, being able to harness a sprawling production and make it work in the intimate confines of the Mac-Haydn.” 

— C.B. Wismar, Lakeville Journal

“And, of course, congratulations to the director, Neal Kowalsky, who presides over this entire circus.” 

— Barbara Waldinger, Berkshire On Stage

Listen to Neal's interview with  "More Theatre Talk" about the opening of SPAMALOT at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

“None of the above would be as good as it is without the work of director Neal Kowalsky. He literally guides our eyes to certain places in certain moments. What he has given the actors to do are small things that give the humorous lines that necessary push of guffaw, that passing of over-the-top to a higher level of laughter. He and his choreographer Sebastiani Romagnalo fill the stage over and over with the zany, the outrageous and the gorgeously weird.” 

— J. Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus

"[Neal] Kowalsky, and [Ashley DeLane] Burger, used these musical moments to move their characters into those classic positions that make a great musical a great experience, both amusing and moving."

J. Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus

“It’s always hard to take a Tony winning Broadway show (no matter how long ago it won), and transform it into something that will do well on a smaller scale and with a different audience. However, here it was pulled off marvelously.”

— Eleanore Jenks, Broadway Lover




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