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EDUCATION - OPPORTUNITIES - YOUTH & COMMUNITY SUPPORT

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" (IAWL)

NOLA Voice Talent Foundation'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 for the benefit of the community.

Over 200 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 TENTH anniversary production of "It's a Wonderful Life" in December 2018. 

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
Crescent City Lights Youth Theater
WWOZ New Orleans
Gretna Community 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 reins as Director and Producer in 2015. Stephen James returns in 2017 as Producer and Director.

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.
 

IAWL 2009 - Present.

Please click on relevant poster for more information on each production.

IAWL-2017

Directed and Produced by Stephen James

Foley Director: Marsha Preston

Venue:

Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts, Gretna, LA.

Valiant Theater and Lounge, Arabi, LA.

IAWL-2016

Executive Producer: Stephen James

Produced and Directed by Vatican Lokey

Venue:

Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts, Gretna, LA. (Two nights)

IAWL-2015

Executive Producer Stephen James

Produced and Directed by Vatican Lokey
Venue:
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.

and John Schneider Studios, Holden, LA.

IAWL-2014

Produced by Stephen James
Directed by Vatican Lokey
Venue:
Deutsches Haus, Metairie, LA.

IAWL-2013

Produced and Directed by Stephen James
Venue:
Deutsches Haus, Metairie, LA.

IAWL-2012

Produced and Directed by Stephen James
Venue:
Deutsches Haus, Metairie, LA.

IAWL-2011

Produced and Directed by Stephen James
Venue:
Deutsches Haus, Metairie, LA.

IAWL-2010

IAWL-2009

Produced and Directed by Stephen James
Venue:
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.