The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

A not-for-profit organization providing affordable educational resources and opportunities for performers since 2009
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"Oscars of Louisiana" -  2016 NVT/BAG Awards full of Hollywood South surprises
(and a touch of Hollywood, too)

A packed house as the best of the best of Hollywood South descended on Harrah's Hotel, New Orleans to celebrate this amazing people of this amazing industry at the NOLA Voice Talent and Background Actors Guild Awards, 2016 (November 19th, 2016).

And, oh what a night!
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"It's a Wonderful Life" Holiday benefit production kicks off its EIGHTH year,
extended to TWO nights!

As a result of overwhelming demand, The NOLA Voice Talent's EIGHTH Annual New Orleans and Region Benefit Production of "It's a Wonderful Life" will be held for TWO NIGHTS for the first time since its inauguration - this year at Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts, 740 4th St, Gretna, LA 70053 - formerly the main Gretna Post Office - on Friday December 16th and Saturday December 17th, both at 7pm.

This year's leading roles sees the debut of Erynne Elkins as Mary Hatch Bailey, playing opposite William "Bill" Lee as George Bailey. Bill is the only cast member to have starred in every production of this annual benefit since its inauguration in 2009.

For full details of the production, including cast members, sponsors, ticketing, and details of the venue, WATCH THIS SPACE!


"Oscars of Louisiana" -  2016 NVT Awards expands to include Background Actors Guild Awards

The 2016 NVT Awards just got even bigger and better... with the incorporation of the Background Actors Guild Awards into the ceremony, to be held on Saturday November 19th (6.30pm) at the prestigious Vieux Carré Ballroom on the 2nd floor of Harrah's Hotel, 228 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA.


About The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation is a not-for-profit incorporation founded in 2009 by Stephen James and supported by him and his wife Deborah Smith. The Foundation is dedicated to providing affordable opportunities for existing and aspiring performers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and further afield; and to promoting the wealth of talent which is available from throughout the region.

Whether you are a performer on-stage or on-screen, on-camera, or behind-the-mic, you will benefit from the resources which The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation provides.

To begin with, check the calendar of the Foundation's practical workshops in New Orleans and throughout the region then look at the plethora of resources available through the Foundation. Join us by clicking here and don't forget to follow us on Facebook.

About our Founder:

Stephen James is Founder and Executive Director of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, which is supported by he and his wife Deborah. With 40 years' experience, Stephen is a prolific voice actor and coach who possesses a rare versatility which enables him to perform just about any role required. His training has included Standard American English, and the combination of that and his native British accent makes his voice perfect for narration and commercial voice-over.

He has performed worldwide  in countless commercials, audio-books, computer games, and narrations; while he also runs the specialist voice-over agency NOVA:The New Orleans Voice-over Agency and Stephen James Media Productions.

A trained and highly-experienced educator and communicator, Stephen has coached voice techniques and the business of voice-over to hundreds of performers, including leading actors and voice-over talent, through his regular workshops in Louisiana and the Gulf coast, in seminars in a number of states, and through private coaching. Stephen was voted "Louisiana's favorite voice coach" by readers of national industry publication "Backstage" in May 2015.

Stephen is also a director and producer; his most recent success being directing and producing narrator Richard Louis for the highly-acclaimed audio-book John Raven Beau by international author and crime writer O'Neil De Noux. Stephen also co-directed the multi-award-winning movie My Choice is Clear alongside David Mills; while he also played the lead role in Dark Friend, directed by Jack Teague.

In July 2016 Stephen James was awarded a Member of the Board of Governers of The National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE), based in Washington, DC.