The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Est. 2009 - A non-profit 501(c)3 public charity serving "Hollywood South" and the Gulf Coast states                                            Education - Opportunities - Youth & Community Support


Upcoming Events

Please click on event for details. Also see full schedule of workshops by clicking on the NVT Voice Workshops tab. And register as an online member (it's free) to receive updates and reminders..!

Wednesday, Aug 30 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, Sep 7 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 4 at 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM


Nominations invited for the 2017 NVT Hollywood South Awards

It's awards time in Hollywood south as we begin preparations for this year's FIFTH annual NVT Awards, re-named "The NVT/BAG Hollywood South Awards", and incorporating the Background Actors Guild Awards for the second year running.

We are planning to hold the event on Saturday November 4th 2017 (7.00pm-10.30pm) and are looking at a number of prestigious venues.

Everyone who is anyone in the film and related industries in southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, and beyond, will be in attendance - bedecked in tuxedos and ball-gowns - to recognize the individual talent and commitment to the movie, theater, broadcasting, and voice-over industries in the region; and to the performing community and the community-at-large.

SO now is YOUR opportunity for you to nominate just who YOU think should receive the TOP AWARDS. For details on how to make your nominations, please go to our FB Event page by clicking here


About The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation is a  non-profit  incorporation founded in 2009 by Stephen James and supported on a voluntary basis by him and his wife Deborah Smith. The Foundation is registered with the IRS as a 501(c) Public Charity, is dedicated to providing affordable opportunities for existing and aspiring performers in Louisiana, Mississippi, the Gulf Coast, and further afield.

Significantly, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation is active in promoting the wealth of talent which is available from throughout the region, as well as in using our talents to support both the performing community and the community-at-large.

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 CEO 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, to embrace and encourage all performers and executives in the development of their voice presentation, and to support the community.

Having been associated with broadcasting and voice-over for over 40 years, Stephen is a prolific voice actor and an award-winning voice coach, who possesses a rare versatility which enables him to perform just about any role required. In addition to a college education which included Teaching, Dramatic Technique, Art, and English, Stephen's 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 as well as his production company Stephen James Media Productions. Details of Stephen's background can be found at 

A trained and highly-experienced  educator and communicator, Stephen is more than just a coach: he has coached voice techniques and the business of voice-over to hundreds of performers, including leading actors and voice-over talent, as well as professional executives; both through his regular workshops throughout the Gulf coast and further afield, 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; directing and producing audio-books for award-winning authors and providing direction and production for other voice-over talent. 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.