The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

A not-for-profit organization providing affordable educational resources and opportunities for performers since 2009
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Mid-week voice-over workshops
in NEW ORLEANS - Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule Confirmed

The schedule for the winter/spring 2017 semester of mid-week voice-over workshops in NEW ORLEANS has been confirmed - with the first session being held on Thursday January 19th (7pm-9pm) at The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70117.

Session fee is only $20, pay on the night, and all fees go to The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting performers throughout the region and a leading resource in the region for voice performers, actors, and others wishing to improve their performing skills.

Click here for full information about the workshops, including the full calendar of mid-week workshops and location details.

Worlwide acclaim as EIGHTH annual benefit production of "It's a Wonderful Life" woos audiences.

Picture the scene: It's the mid-1940s and television had not yet been invented. No computers, no video games, no cell-phones. And audiences gather around the "wireless" to listen to the Christmas play.

Such was the situation on the evenings of December 16th and 17th 2016 as audiences across North America and around the world plugged into their 21st-century computers to listen to The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation's eighth annual production of "It's a Wonderful Life", performed for two nights at Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts on New Orleans' West Bank.
Full review click here.

"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!
Read the full story with pictures at


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. Both provide their services to the Foundation gratis on a volunteer basis.

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 several 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.