Neal Hemphill

Neal Hemphill is an actor, filmmaker, and photographer.

As an actor, Neal has worked in 31 states and 3 foreign countries, performing everything from off-off-Broadway solo shows to feature films to major touring productions.  He's always had a camera with him, and has taken photos everywhere he's gone.  This lifelong interest in performing and looking through a lens has led to third passion - filmmaking.  

Neal's passion for storytelling is now being expressed through screenwriting, directing, producing, and acting, as well as photography.  The common threads are heart, humanism, and love of life. 


Reading of "The Great Despair"

I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a reading of Ela Thier's new feature-length screenplay, "The Great Despair," today.

Ela has written another beautiful script, which is both funny and moving, and so expressive of her unique voice. 

AND - she's written an amazing part for herself to play.

I was moved by the piece, and it was terrific to read the script with a number of friends, including Nabil Vinas, who was in my short film, "Top of the World," and whose acting class I'm currently taking, Matthew Murumba, who was in my short film "The Muse," and Memo, with whom I've worked in the Lab for a couple years.  Also Ela's sister Daphna Thier, who is a new Lab actor, was in it.  We had a great scene together.

The plans are to shoot this film in the next couple of months.  Very exciting!