July 15-17, 2024 | Sign-ups for students wishing to sing with/work with our visiting artists may do so beginning at Orientation on July 8. For those not participating in Camp who would like to be a part of ROOTS, we will have a registration form available in March 2024.
ROOTS brings performers of varying disciplines, from Broadway, Off-Broadway, international touring companies, and beyond, to the Round Lake Auditorium for Carpe Diem Theater's new FREE workshop series.
These workshops are open to all ages, but are geared towards middle/high school ages and up. Share this page with your friends and others - all community members are welcome!
ROOTS presents students with critical information about making theater, and perhaps more importantly, the roles and responsibilities of theater makers themselves.
We know that theater is much more than creating space for the loudest singer, the funniest actor, or the flashiest dancer. It takes a village to create the art that we consume, and with ROOTS, we look to embrace all the strengths of our CDT family and nurture their creative passions and pursuits, whether they pursue theater professionally or not. Being informed and artful humans is the priority.
This tuition-free teaching series presents sessions comprised of the following elements:
PERFORMING | Teaching artists present their primary discipline to students, critically analyzing and demystifying their process for students to better understand their paths.
LISTENING | Teaching artists engage in dialogue with student facilitators, discussing topics of identity, the current state of art-making, and offering thought-provoking perspective on the necessary work to be done in creative spaces moving forward.
CREATING | Students have the opportunity to collaborate with teaching artists to create and evaluate, whether in a culminating performance, production of content, or otherwise.
Hannah Corneau made her Broadway debut as Elphaba in Wicked. She recently starred as Edna St. Vincent Millay in the critically-acclaimed Transport Group production of Renascence. Previously, she traveled around the country as Yitzhak in the First National tour of Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Her Off-Broadway and regional credits include Daddy Long Legs, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Harmony (Ovation nomination), Les Miserables (Joseph Jefferson Award), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and A Little Night Music. She is also a founding member of RANGE a cappella.
D’Nasya Jordan is a native of Brooklyn, NY and has dreamed of being a performer since childhood. A singer and actor known for her versatility, D’Nasya has won several classical as well as musical theater competitions. Her training began at LaGuardia High School of the Arts in New York City, where she began private lessons after school and was featured in her first operetta. She attended the Crane School of Music where her love for opera and classical music grew and landed her multiple lead roles in the opera program. D’Nasya made her professional debut as a backup singer for Natalie Weiss at several venues in NYC. Shortly after, she landed her first role in Sister Act the Musical which toured throughout Asia for a year. In 2018, she took her talents to the high seas and played Little Inez in Hairspray on Royal Caribbean’s largest ship in the world. During the height of the pandemic, D’Nasya met and sang alongside Kristin Chenoweth. Last year, she debuted as Duckling Donna in the Tony nominated life story of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Norwegian’s newest ship Prima. When she isn’t traveling internationally, D’Nasya can be seen in NYC performing with Broadway Sings alongside some of Broadway’s stars of today. @dnasya
Chloe is a Brooklyn native actor, singer, dancer, songwriter and all-around creative human. Her career has consisted of lots of theatre in and around New York City. She’s passionate about new musicals, originating new roles and making the arts a more equitable and inclusive space for all. Off the stage she hikes and travels a whole lot, teaches yoga and is in a folk Americana band called the Oshy Anna’s. Chloe is so excited to be back working with Carpe Diem!
Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour are brothers and collaborators of Lebanese descent. They have workshopped their piece We Live in Cairo at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference and at New York Theatre Workshop under the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award. They have developed their work during residencies at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and the MacDowell Colony, and most recently, collaborated with playwright Ismail Khalidi and Noor Theatre on a developmental production of Dead Are My People. Their new musical about the first chemotherapy trials in the 1950s and 60s was workshopped at the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Theatre and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Daniel and Patrick were 2015-16 Dramatists Guild Fellows and are New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspects. They were artists-in- residence at the American University in Cairo.
Nick Ong is an NYC-based actor, originally from the Bay Area. Since moving to New York, Nick has found an educational home with ESPA (The Einhorn School of Performing Arts) at Primary Stages, where he has continued to engage his craft through scene study, monologue, and auditioning classes. Some favorite NY credits include: Lysander/Flute in Midsummer (Tiltyard), which will be headed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this fall; Fedotik/Ferapont in Three Sisters (Two River Theater), Henry in Another Revolution (EST), and Wendell in the world-premiere production of Wendell & Pan (Skeleton Rep). Nick is also a hat wearer. A ramen enthusiast. An obsessive Twitter spectator. A believer in the top button. A theater aisle sitter. A plane window sitter. An above average golfer. A stubborn Vans customer. A Jungkook bias. And a recovering nail biter.