The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

A not-for-profit organization providing affordable educational resources and opportunities for performers since 2009
Education - Opportunities - Community 



Programs for junior performers and an expansion of existing programs to provide more opportunities for aspiring and existing actors and voice-over talent throughout Hollywood South were announced at the first meeting of the NVT Development Group on February 13th.

The group is headed by NVT Fundraising Co-ordinator Michelle Jeanmard, with a team of NVT affiliates and official fundraising officers, who discussed a series of programs in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The hugely-successful bi-weekly voice workshops in New Orleans will be extended to similar workshops in Lafayette, to be held by Michelle Jeanmard; while the annual NVT Awards, which embraces the Background Actors Guild Awards, will be re-named The Hollywood South awards. Former film industry official Belinda Little-Wood has been appointed by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation to organize this year's Awards event alongside producer and the NVT Executive Director Stephen James.

The Foundation's annual benefit production of "It's a Wonderful Life" - now under preparations for its NINTH year - is also planned to feature well-known celebrities and will again be held for two nights following last year's successful two-night run at the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts. It is hope this year to bring the production into New Orleans for the second night of the run, this December.

A vigorous program of workshops for juniors will also be instigated in conjunction with educational establishments in Chalmette and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, organized by George Trahanis and Jwan Jordan respectively.

In addition, all NOLA Voice Talent members will benefit from a series of social events to be held throughout the year and an expansion of the Foundation's membership program to provide incentives and rewards for participation.

The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation was established in 2009 by Stephen James, a prolific and experienced voice actor and coach - initially to provide affordable workshops for voice-over and performing talent in the New Orleans region - and has since been developed as the region's leading resource for workshop coaching, as well as providing opportunities for voice performers both established and beginners. In addition, the Foundation has raised several thousands of dollars by channeling its members' talents to support the community.

Mid-week voice-over workshops
Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule

The schedule for the winter/spring 2017 semester of mid-week voice-over workshops in NEW ORLEANS 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 full information about the workshops, including the calendar of mid-week workshops and location details, are available by
Clicking here 

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!
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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.