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)3 Public Charity, and as such is dedicated to providing affordable opportunities for existing and aspiring performers in Louisiana, Mississippi, the Gulf Coast, and further afield.
The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation received its status as a 501(c)3 Public Charity in early 2017 and within months was re-branded to The NATIONAL Voice Talent Foundation with the formation of two additional regional branches: National Voice Talent Gulf Coast and National Voice Talent Southwest - to provide donors, volunteers, and associates with the opportunity and the infrastructure to support the performing community, and the community-at-large, through its programs of education, opportunities, and youth and community support.
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.
ACCOLADES to Todd Schmidt, who designed our new logos as part of the re-branding process of the Foundation, Mark Fowler, who has designed the posters for most of the productions of "It's a Wonderful Life", as well as the logo for the annual NVT Awards; and to Alexandra Keaton, world acclaimed artist, for designing our poster for the 2018 production of "The Whistler".
Todd was designer of our initial logo, which featured the crescent moon and fleur-de-lis. A golden version of this logo has since been incorporated into the Hollywood South Awards logo, designed by Mark Fowler.
Todd Schmidt designed the new NVT logos (see towards top of this page) as a 21st-century representation of the nationwide development of the Foundation, and featuring a sound-wave against the backdrop of the New Orleans skyline, and which can be modified as new regional branches are developed..
THANK YOU TODD, ALEXANDRA, AND MARK, for your generous support.
Among the many organizations which have benefited from donations and/or support from The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation's programs are:
Allies in Youth Development, Mansfield, TX (International).
Background Actors Guild, New Orleans, LA.
Biloxi Little Theater, Biloxi, MS
Boys and Girls Clubs of America, MS Gulf Coast.
Common Ground Relief, New Orleans, LA.
Children's Tumor Foundation, New York, NY.
Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, New Orleans, LA.
Deutsches Haus Cultural Center, New Orleans, LA.
Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts, Gretna, LA.
Joe Jefferson Players, Mobile, AL.
John Schneider Studios, Hammond, LA.
Louisiana Produces - Lafayette Film & Entertainment MeetUp Group, Lafayette, LA.
New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS
NOLA Voice Theater, New Orleans, LA.
The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, New Orleans, LA.
Tipitinas Foundation "Instruments a-Comin' " program, New Orleans, LA.
Pensacola Little Theatre, Pensacola, FL.
The Valiant Theatre, New Orleans, LA.
WWOZ Radio, New Orleans, LA.
Stephen James is a voice-actor in every sense of the word: from voicing commercials and video narration, to performing both fiction and non-fiction audio-book narrations, to performing live radio drama on stage - Stephen has performed in just about every genre of voice acting.
He even dedicates his professional expertise as a non-paid CEO of The National Voice Talent Foundation - a non-profit he founded in 2009 to provide affordable education and opportunities to performers and to support the community.