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.
composer-lyricist, writer / Musicals in development: Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical (book/music/lyrics), Cymbeline Project (music/lyrics), I Am This For You (book/music/lyrics), Nascent Phase (book/music/lyrics), The Cardinal (music/lyrics, play by Cusi Cram), Untitled Florida Project (music/book, lyrics/book by Laura Kleimbaum).
Member, BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, 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. Writes and performs her original songs in NYC. 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, 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.
EMILY GARDNER HALL IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
‘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…'