Meet the Coaches
Alison Burns - Co Owner/FL & Skype Coach (@alisonburns1234) Alison graduated from New York City’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2001 and has been a working artist ever since. She made her professional debut as Maureen in the National Tour of the Broadway Musical Rent and has since starred in many shows including: tick, tick... Boom!, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Rocky Horror Show, Waist Watchers, Respect, Godspell, Man of LaMancha, Comedy of Errors, and Bernarda Alba. Her choreography has been seen in Rocky Horror, Godspell, Respect and Silence! The Musical . Her lyrics have been heard in A Big Apple Christmas, Waist Watchers and Holiday Party of One. Alison has been a musical theater instructor since 2006 when she became director of Patel Conservatory's Youth Theater Company, directing them in shows such as Grease and Willy Wonka. She co-founded act up!!!, a theater troupe for teens, where she has written over a dozen original shows and she is currently working on an original childrens CD! She most recently starred in New York City's Off Broadway show, Disenchanted! and American Stage's HAIRSPRAY (Velma). She can currently be found popping up on your TV screens in a variety of commercials, she co-hosts 10K Dollar Day and after all that, she still finds time to tour the world with Disney composer, David Friedman, in Listen to My Heart.
Lulu Picart - Co-Owner/NYC & Skype Coach (@lulupicart) Lulu specializes in scene study, monologue coaching, and audition prep. She toured as Charlotte in the First National Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. As a music supervisor and director, Lulu has worked on the creative teams of Norwegian Cruise Lines, Walt Disney World, freeFall Theatre, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and more. She serves as clinician for small vocal ensembles and large choirs and holds masterclasses in performance and working with accompanists. She was a judge for The American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World and has adjudicated for the Florida Vocal Association. As an actor and singer, she has been seen around the country regionally and off-Broadway (Lortel nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Disenchanted!). She tours with composer David Friedman presenting his music in Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman. Lulu has also sung with Toxic Audio, The Voices of Liberty, and the Orlando Philharmonic and has been featured in the Orlando Cabaret Festival and the Avignon Jazz Festival. Lulu worked as an improvisational actor (Comedy Warehouse alum) for many years at Walt Disney World. She is the co-composer of the CD I’m a Creation Kid. Her voice can be heard on the Frozen Blu-Ray, and appeared in the 2017 film Going in Style.
Joy Gann - FL Coach (@joygann) Joy Gann is a graduate of USF's School of Music for voice with a Bachelors of Music. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and has performed for the Tampa Bay Rays VS. the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. She won first place for Philfest's 20th Anniversary singing competition, Tawag ng Tanghalan and was featured in her own recital for the performance series at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. She also performs with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay with the Florida Orchestra and has starred as Lucy in The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti and as Isabel in Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan. She is the vocal supervisor and lead vocalist for PasadenaAM in St. Petersburg, she has taught a capella group, BLSS, and has been coaching voice, ukulele, guitar, and piano for over two years.
Heather Lynn Mendoza - FL & Skype Coach Heather attended Florida School of the arts and has been a working artist since 2010. Her first professional role was Betty in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at the Orlando International Fringe Festival where she won the audience choice award for Best Actress. Since then Heather has stared in many other roles including: Hairspray, Rent, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Avenue Q, Company, Songs for a new world, Lucky Stiff, Murder on the high C’s, Broadway Bent and It Shoulda Been You. Heather has received multiple recognitions including Best Actress in a musical from broadwayworld.com and most recently Best Actress in the 2018 Best of the Bay. Heather is an adjudicator for Thespians and junior Thespian districts all over the state and also serves as a reviewer for Broadway Stars of the Future. Heather is currently the lead singer in the local Rock band Electric Woodshed, performing eclectic rock live all over the Bay Area and they have just finished recording a demo. Heather is so excited to be joining the Find Your Light coaching team and cannot wait to work with all of the wonderful talent!
Matty Colonna - FL Coach - Matty has been the resident Music Director for The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, Fl since 2017. He has been music directing since the age of 16 at different churches and theatres all across Florida. Studied Music Educaion and Vocal Performance at Stetson University and Indian River State College. "Everybody is different. Everyone learns differently. Everyone’s minds are different. Being a performer as well, I feel I am readily and uniquely equipped to teach and connect through music in a clear, concise, time efficient, and detail oriented way. I am passionate about music, people, and helping those individuals reach their full potential. I've taught children's camps at churches, conducted choirs with people whose ages ranged from 16-80, and also played piano in different bands for years. Music is what I love, and helping people realize how easy and fun it can be to be a part of something greater than themselves is my passion."