This series of workshops are the inaugural co-curricular classes for the Programs in Theater and Music Theater. Held on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 PM (ET), these workshops provide the opportunity for students to explore vocal repertoire from across the canon of musical theatre, develop their own practice of interpreting narrative storytelling through song, and hone their audition technique. Taught by Adam Hyndman ’12 and co-taught/music directed by Emily Whitaker ’15.

These co-curricular workshops are open for audit to all students, alumni, staff & faculty, however only undergraduate students will be eligible to perform vocal selections. Undergraduate students are invited to sing each week; all levels of experience welcome. As time is limited, students interested in performing a song must register to participate at least one week prior.



  • February 11, 2021 — Intro Class (only 7:30-8:30 PM): No preparation required.
  • February 18 — Ballads
  • February 25 — Contemporary Musical Theater
  • March 4 — Golden Age
  • March 11 — Pop / Rock
  • March 18 — Folk / R&B
  • March 25 — Patter Songs & Character Songs



All classes are free and held virtually on Zoom. Visit the Virtual Events page and log-in with Princeton net ID in order to view Zoom links for classes.

Alumni interested in participating should contact Joe Fonseca by emailing


If you are in need of access accommodations, please contact the Lewis Center at least 2 weeks in advance at


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Photo by Jacob Smith

Adam Hyndman (Princeton Class of 2012) is a performing artist, producer, and activist. He has worked extensively in the arts, performing on stage and screen with roles on Broadway and television. Some notable credits include: NBC’s The Sing Off, Children Of Eden at the Kennedy Center, Aladdin on Broadway, Once On This Island on Broadway and Hadestown on Broadway. Adam was a co-producer for The Inheritance on Broadway, for which he earned a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award Nomination. He is currently incubating several projects as an independent producer as well as within the Tony Award-winning team at Octopus Theatricals. Adam uses his experiences working with narratives to challenge his vision for the world, and it leads him to opportunities in and out of the arts. He is passionate about creating possibilities for people to connect and activate their purpose. Adam is honored to serve on the board of directors for Broadway For Racial Justice where he is specifically charged with curating community through mentorship and volunteer programs. His purpose in this work is for disruption, radical accessibility, and reconciliation, and he continues this as a founder of The Industry Standard Group (a community fund for BIPOC folks to invest and produce in commercial theater, the first of its kind). As an individual committed to excellence and progressive achievement through collaboration, he works toward the manifestation of a diverse and inclusive world. Learn more at Adam’s website


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Photo courtesy Emily Whitaker

Emily Whitaker (Princeton Class of 2015) is a music director, pianist, and teaching artist from upstate New York. Favorite recent credits include music directing the First National Tour of Mean Girls, music directing/conducting/playing piano in Merrily We Roll Along with Roundabout/Fiasco Theater, performing in The Band’s Visit and Tootsie on Broadway, Into the Woods with Fiasco Theater, The Hello Girls with Prospect Theater, and Unknown Soldier at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. While Emily is proud of these credits, she is equally proud of teaching and giving back within the fields of music and theater. In addition to teaching at the Lewis Center, Emily teaches piano lessons and proudly served as a teaching artist at McCarter Theatre for five years. This year she also served on the Program Task Force for Artists Striving to End Poverty, a non-profit connecting artists with under-resourced communities around the world. Emily is increasingly committed to helping tell stories from marginalized voices and is excited to build a more equitable workplace and industry once theater comes back. Emily has a bachelors’ degree in music and theater from Princeton University and a masters’ in musicology from Columbia University.

Presented By

  • Program in Music Theater
  • Program in Theater