Emily is an actor, composer-lyricist and writer. She was born in Tokyo and grew up in London. She moved to New York to get her MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and lives in New York.

ACTOR / MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch. Lead roles in theatre include: Tony award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery's US premiere of STOCKHOLM; world premiere SNOW QUEEN at Triad Stage in 2013 and 2014; world premiere IN ROOMS SUCH AS THESE at Signature Theatre. Film: Immigration Officer (lead) in FRANK AND AZALEE. Various workshops and readings including the Public Theater, the Lark, Red Bull Theater, Signature Theatre and Ma-Yi Theater.

Ben Brantley's New York Times review of STOCKHOLM | Acting resumé | Gallery of my work | Photos from STOCKHOLM | Photos and recordings of songs from SNOW QUEEN

Emily Gardner Xu Hall at the American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant presentation. Photo: Marc J. Franklin for Playbill

Emily Gardner Xu Hall at the American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant presentation. Photo: Marc J. Franklin for Playbill


Emily’s solo musicals in development: UNTITLED CHERRY ORCHARD MUSICAL (Musical Theatre Factory), CYMBELINE, I AM THIS FOR YOU (Ars Nova ANT Fest), NASCENT PHASE (Bushwick Starr).

Collaborations include: THE CARDINAL (music/lyrics, play by Cusi Cram), UNTITLED FLORIDA PROJECT (music/book, lyrics/book by Laura Kleinbaum), NOMAD MOTEL with Carla Ching (Atlantic Theatre Company).


American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant winner, 2019: Saw Island Foundation recording grant, and American Music Theatre Project residency at Northwestern University. Lilly Award for a Female Composer-Lyricist “Go Write A Musical” award. Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project.

Member, BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Catwalk residency. 2018 Rising Circle Theatre Collective INKtank playwright.

Composer for theatre: BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL BUT IT AIN'T ALWAYS PRETTY, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, JULIUS CAESAR, CYMBELINE, EURYDICE, AS YOU LIKE IT directed by Louis Scheeder and Daniel Spector, GREY LADY at Signature Theatre. Commission for organ and choir: St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

Composer for film: SUMMER.

Various musical performances including Ensemble Studio Theatre, Studio Tisch, Sidewalk Café, Slipper Room, Green Room 42, the Lark, Access Theatre, TBG Theatre, Dixon Place, Underground Lounge, the Where Project, Morbid Anatomy Museum, Cameos and Bowery Poetry Club. Resident artist, Shawn Randall's interdisciplinary show Symphonics Live. Commissioned to write “If You Can’t Fly” for IRT/New Ohio Theatre Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Commissioned to write "Hand-Me-Down" for Dixon Place Black Lives Matter event.


‘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…'

Click here to read Ben Brantley's review of Emily Gardner Hall in STOCKHOLM by Bryony Lavery.