The son of an officer in the Air Force, Neil Battinelli was born in Sacremento, CA and later grew up in upstate New York. His early years as a performer started much like most entertainers - singing in his school's children's choir, lip-synching in his cub scout's annual lip-synch show and playing with his Harry Blackstone Jr. magic kit. His first real stage role was at the age of 16 when he played the part of the coach in his high school's production of Damn Yankees in Peru, NY.
It was during his second show, Godspell where a fellow cast member had taught him a number of card tricks, and then for the next 10 years he studied the art of magic and was fortunate enough to perform in places like The Metro Club in NYC, the IBM building in Tokyo, Japan and in Kuala Lampour, Malaysia and even all the way out in Durant, Oklahoma!!! He was even booked to perform for Chris Tucker's comedy show at Levity Live Comedy Club.
In 2010, Neil felt that magic wasn't as creatively fullfilling as the stage once was and decided to put away his rabbits and playing cards and focus on where it all began. The years of experience given to him through magic has prepared him for a triumphant return to the stage. He's amassed success in playing a number of memorable roles such as Harry Roat, Jr in "Wait Until Dark", Danny in "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea", Sam Byck in "Assassin's" and Michal in "The Pillowman", among many others. Neil has a knack for the dark and intense roles and a flair for comedy and heart - which he will continue to grow as he creates each new character. To Neil - it's all about character.
Neil resides in New City, NY with his wife and daughter.