The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

A not-for-profit organization providing affordable educational resources and opportunities for performers since 2009
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"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" (IAWL)

NOLA Voice Talent's annual New Orleans and region benefit production of "It's a Wonderful Life" embodies everything the Foundation is about; providing an educational experience and opportunities for participants, as well as giving of our talents to the benefit of the community.

Over 150 performers - both novice and experienced - have come through the IAWL program since it was introduced in 2009, with some having graduated onto movie roles and a performing career. And the production has also raised in excess of $15,000 for non-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the region.

The Foundation is now preparing for it's EIGHTH annual production of "It's a Wonderful Life" in December 2016. Having put the show "on the road" for the first time in 2015, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation is looking to return to the John Schneider Studios for a second year, as well as again performing in the prestigious Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in 2016 alongside the center's annual NOLA ChristmasFest.

Among the community and arts organizations which have benefited from NVT's "It's a Wonderful Life" program are:

Common Ground Relief
The Tipitinas Foundation's "Instruments a-Comin'" program
Second City Lights Youth Theater
WWOZ New Orleans
Gretna Mainstreet Center for the Arts
The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation




Vatican Lokey (on right) and Stephen James, Founder and Executive Director/President of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, have teamed up to form a strong leadership of the production, with Vatican taking over the reigns as Director and Producer in 2015.

From the 2015 production, ever-present Bill Lee as George Bailey, and Julia Sevin as Violet Bick.

From our debut production of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center in New Orleans, December 2009.