Roland Comtois’ Heaven the Experience takes the audience on a charismatic journey of music set to his personal account of his near-death experience answering the one question … Does something exist beyond here?
A One Man Stage Show…With a Cast of Millions
“Engaging – Enlightening – Irresistibly Entertaining”
There are mediums, spiritual healers and teachers; yet no one tells the story of the afterlife, near death experiences, and the reality of love ever-lasting like Roland Comtois.
“Heaven the Experience” is a charismatic journey of music carrying the soul of the listener across the threshold of time and space. It’s reverence and stature along with its simplicity will lead you to a destination beyond your own understanding. Original music score, songs that reach into your heart and a visual presentation creates the total experience.
Roland takes you up the staircase of light and into the heart of heaven, telling the story himself and sharing life’s lessons, on-stage, of what lies beyond the door. Answering the one question that has been on the mind and in the hearts of humanity … “Does something exist beyond here?”
Roland Comtois / Written, Performed & Executive Producer
A nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, spiritual medium, author, and radio host, Roland Comtois is a professional healer and spiritual medium with over 30 years of experience as a gerontology nurse, Reiki Master, metaphysical teacher and grief specialist. Thus, his expertise extends from the physical to the spiritual as he shares healing modalities and messages that nurture and balance mind, body and soul. Roland’s mission is to help people find comfort in life in spite of loss, show them how to move beyond grief with love and hope, and to pass on the message that heaven and eternal love are real and always close at hand. He is the founder of Talk Stream Spiritual Radio, and the Living Beyond Loss Conference, now in its 10th year. His work is currently sought after by television production companies eager to showcase his signature Purple Papers.
Steve Lupo / Composer & Musical Director
From the early age of 7 Steve began to study, guitar, drums and piano. With enthusiastic encouragement from his father he was able to join his first professional band at the age of 9, performing from elementary school through college at local night clubs, arenas and television! Upon his completion of music study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Steve went on to travel nationally and internationally with several Vegas Show Bands. He opened for such acts as The Guess Who, The Brooklyn Bridge, Sha Na Na The Temptations, Maureen McGovern, and Tavares. He also performed with The Fifth Dimension and Teen Pop Idol, Bobby Rydell.
Continuing study led Steve to song writing, arranging, composing and engineering for local artists, bands, filmmakers and productions as well as being the musical director for legendary artist and Hall of Fame recipient, Gerry Granahan. As a founding member of TalkStreamRadio, an internet podcasting station with shows ranging from healthcare to psychic mediums, Steve used his production skills for show ideas, original music for commercials, theme songs and meditation CDs. Heaven the Experience is a culmination of his love for film score and his ability to take another’s vision and put it to music.
Shawn Cournoyer / Visual Coordinator and Art Director
Having over 15 years of video advertising and marketing experience bringing brands and messages to life for companies like Schneider Electric, Honeywell, Benjamin Moore and Medtronic, Shawn brings his creative energy, direction and ideas to “Heaven, the Experience”. Drawing on inspiration from Roland’s vivid memory and his own ideas, Shawn weaves sight and sound into a visual expression of an emotional journey that the audience will be able to experience in their own way.”
Diane realized her love of theater and music at a very early age. Having studied Acting at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI and attending the RI Governors School for the Gifted and Talented, she soon realized this was to be her path. Her professional career began at the early age of 14, performing tributes to Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald in local nightclubs. From there she went on to perform nationally and internationally with her own Vegas Show Band, ‘Fancy Colours’ featuring tributes to Bette, Liza and Tina. Her studies with Vocal Specialists, Maestro Gian Carlo Menottie, (Carnegie Hall, NY), Dante Pavone, Boston, MA, and Marty Lawrence, NY, helped her endure years of vigorous physical and vocal performance. Several careers and one child later, she is now a Reiki Master Teacher who enjoys teaching breathing and vocal techniques to her Voice and Reiki students. She is also the Producer/Host/Owner of Talkstreamradio.com, an internet radio station giving a voice to healers, artists, authors, entrepreneurs and life enthusiasts.
Heaven the Experience has been the perfect production to combine her love for music with her spirituality as well as working with the two very talented and very loved men in her life, Steven and Michael Lupo. She and her family currently reside in Rhode Island.
Bryan M. Sawyer / Lighting Technical Advisor
Bryan is the Chief Operating Officer of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Mr. Sawyer was born in Tarrytown, New York and grew up in Lake Zurich, Illinois with a passion for the arts which included professional classical vocal training, acting and technical theatrical production. Bryan received a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University in 2005 while at the same time interned with the famed art installation Waterfire Providence, implementing a number of volunteer and event initiatives working his way up to Director of Special Events.
Currently, Mr. Sawyer specializes in technical theater production, design and management, as well as, large scale event production management and design. He is the lead producer of the Annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life event that happens in Providence, Rhode Island each October. He is currently the Director of Administration & Events for the esteemed Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation merging his passions of theatre and events with his passion for volunteer work. A 2013 “Partner in the Arts” award winner from the State Ballet of Rhode Island, Bryan is currently a board member with the Arctic Playhouse in West Warwick, Rhode Island.