composer-lyricist resumé

Composer/Lyricist for Musical Theatre, Composer for Theatre and Film, Sound Designer, Performer/Musician.

MFA, NYU Graduate Acting. Actor, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Dual US & UK citizen.

For my acting and representation, please go to my acting resumé.

awards & residencIes

2019 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant of $10,000, a Saw Island Foundation Grant for recording demos, and a residency at American Music Theater Project at Northwestern University to develop a new musical with a cast.

Inaugural winner of the 2018 Lilly Award for a Female Composer for $25,000 ("Go Write A Musical"), mentored by Broadway producer Stacey Mindich (Dear Evan Hansen), and a year-long grant at New York SongSpace.

Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, residency at CATWALK Institute. Member of the Musical Theatre Factory Writers Group (2017-2019), Rising Circle INKtank playwright/composer/lyricist for 2018, and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.

For sound design: nominated as part of the design team for the 2018 NYMF Award for Excellence for Outstanding Overall Design, IF SAND WERE STONE.


musical Theatre Readings and Workshops

Nomad Motel Composer/Lyricist/Sound Designer Ed Iskandar Atlantic Theatre Company
Message In A Bottle Composer Dev Bondarin Prospect Theatre Company Musical Theater Lab
Nascent Phase Composer/Lyricist/Playwright Sarah Blush Bushwick Starr
I Am This For You Composer/Lyricist/Playwright Kat Yen Ars Nova ANTfest
I Am This For You (reading) Composer/Lyricist/Playwright Kat Yen Rising Circle PlayRISE festival
Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical (excerpt) Composer/Lyricist/Playwright Ed Iskandar Musical Theatre Factory 4x15
Black is Beautiful but it Ain't Always Pretty Composer/Performer Kareem M. Lucas Under The Radar, Public Theater
Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical Composer/Lyricist/Playwright Matt Dickson Studio Tisch
Cymbeline Project Composer/Lyricist Emily Gardner Xu Hall Studio Tisch
Grey Lady Composer Melissa Crespo Signature Theatre
ZZ's Sleepaway Camp Composer Marina McClure Barn Arts and Cloud City
Little Rooms Composer Ed Iskandar P73


The Cardinal Composer / Lyricist / Music Director Juliette Carrillo Cornerstone Theatre Company
Light Princess Performer: Queen
+ Guitar / Piano / Viola / Accordion
Steve Pacek Arden Theatre Company
Snow Queen Performer: Snow Queen Preston Lane Triad Stage
As You Like It Composer + Performer: Amiens / Guitar Louis Scheeder Studio Tisch
If Sand Were Stone Sound Designer Tyler Thomas New York Musical Theatre Festival
Have Sari. Will Travel! Sound Designer Awoye Timpo Rising Circle Rep
{my lingerie play} Arranger/Guitar Leta Tremblay Lark Play Development
Suzan Lori-Parks Workshop Copyist Lear deBessonet Public Theater

Film & webseries

Summer (short) Composer Mikhaela Mahony Full Moon Films
How Shakespeare Changed My Life (webseries) Composer Melinda Hall Willful Productions

NYU Grad Acting

Macbeth Composer/Violin Niegel Smith
The Humans Are In Trouble Arranger/Electric Guitar Jack Fletcher & Alex Harvey
Games Project Composer Danielle Skraastad
All's Well That Ends Well Sound design Rob Clare


Emily has been commissioned by Broadway producer Stacey Mindich to "Go Write A Musical" as part of her Lilly Award for Women in Theatre, and by Cornerstone Theatre Company to create music and lyrics for a community project held at Queens College. 

Her original compositions have been performed at venues such as: the Public Theater, 54 Below, Rattlestick Playwrights' Theatre as part of New Songs Now!, Signature Theatre Pershing Square, Dixon Place, IRT/New Ohio Theatre, Bowery Poetry Club, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, New York Musical Festival, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater.

training & education

NYU Tisch Graduate Acting M.F.A. in Acting
Voice, speech, circus, clown:
Mark Wing-Davey, Janet Zarish, Richard Feldman,
Deb Lapidus, Jim Calder, Hovey Burgess,
Scott Miller, Deb Hecht
Wellesley College & Columbia University B.A. in Music and English Literature with Poetry
UCB Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Comedy 101 & 201
LAMDA London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art Shakespeare Intensive