cherry orchard at musical theatre factory 4x15

15 minutes of Cherry Orchard workshopped with 8 actors


music directed by Nevada Lozano

directed by Ed Iskandar

440 Lafayette St, Studio 3A

NY NY 10003

Friday May 18th at 8pm


I Am This For You Ars Nova ANTFEST Emily Gardner Xu Hall


written & performed by EMILY GARDNER XU HALL

Friday, June 15 @ 7PM

Ars Nova, 511 W 54th St New York NY 10019

Inspired by the Japanese phenomenon of maid cafés, you become the customer as Etsuko and her fellow maids perform their superfun electronica pop just for you — about sex and youthfulness, consent and the performance of female sexuality. You be the male gaze, and we will be your beautiful dream. Welcome home!

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$15 in advance l $20 at the door

Ars Nova is one of the leading theatres in New York supporting new work. They have supported and produced works such as Dave Malloy's THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 which went to Broadway starring Josh Groban, Bess Wohl's SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, which is on world tour, and UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME, currently on US tour.

Ars Nova ANT Fest is four non-stop, throw-down weeks of live entertainment mayhem, featuring fresh material from the next wave of dynamic, indie-theater makers. All New Talent, all the time.



For her full-length I Am This For You, Emily has been selected as one of four playwrights in Rising Circle Theater Collective's INKtank. The play development process will culminate in a reading of the piece at Rising Circle's PlayRISE festival. For more about the show, click here.

June 1st at 7pm

Sheen Center 18 Bleecker St New York NY 10012




Words, music, lyrics by Emily Gardner Xu Hall. For more about the show, click here.

Musical Theatre Factory

Musical Theatre Factory will present 15 minutes of Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical in their next 4X15 presentation of new work. Emily is in the Musical Theatre Factory Writers Group, where they have been developing her work.

May 18th at 8pm

Musical Theatre Factory 4x15

Playwrights Downtown, 440 Lafayette St


29-hr reading

Ed Iskandar will direct a reading of Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical with Boomerang Theatre Company later this year.


Emily is an actor with an MFA from NYU Grad Acting. Here are links to her acting resume, photos of her theatre work or photos of film work

As an actor and singer, she acted and sang in a run of a musical at the Arden Theatre Company in which she also played four instruments. She received a great review in Bryony Lavery's two-hander, Stockholm, from Ben Brantley of the New York Times.

Emily is a composer-lyricist, and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and a member of the Musical Theatre Factory Writers Group. Studio Tisch held a reading of her original musical Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical at Studio Tisch, and a workshop presentation of her new Cymbeline musical. She also made her debut as a composer at MuseMatch X at 54 Below last July, and performed her own songs at Rattlestick Playwrights' Theatre New Songs Now! where she was selected as a featured singer-songwriter.



by Kareem M. Lucas

Performed by Kareem M. Lucas. Music composed and performed by Emily Gardner Xu Hall. Part of the Under The Radar Festival 2018 at the Public Theater. Click here for more details.


radio 930: children of the revolution

Friday February 23rd at 3pm and 6pm, American Theatre of Actors 314 W 54th St

Emily played Vanda in an industry showing of the new musical. Conceived by Charles Yurick and Nancy Paris, book by Josh Billig and music direction by Doug Katsaros, produced by Ken Davenport.

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new york times Ben brantley review

In Stockholm, the Blades are Drawn from the Start (click here for the full review).

 Emily Gardner Hall and Jason Babinsky in STOCKHOLM

Emily Gardner Hall and Jason Babinsky in STOCKHOLM

‘A precision-tooled performance by Emily Gardner Hall…

Ms. Hall gives natural life to Kali’s extreme, lacerating ambivalence. This young performer is remarkably smooth in conveying spikiness...

Todd and Kali are dancing fools and their range of movement swings wide. Sometimes they skip about as blithely as Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in “Singin’ in the Rain,” but their natural form would seem to be the apache dance, with its all-out brutality.

[They] make us believe that from the moment they met, everything Todd and Kali have done has been charged with dangerous contradiction.’

Ben Brantley, New York Times, August 24th 2013 

Or read the full review without visiting the NY Times website here.