Voice of Armenians TVNY was launched in December 2010 by theater director, actress, and veteran television producer, Karine Kocharyan, and her son, the film director and fine art photographer, Haik Kocharian. The show highlights and documents the extraordinary and varied contributions of the Armenian Diaspora, specifically in the New York metropolitan area. VOA TVNY reports on the religious, political, educational, cultural, and charitable events in our community. In addition, we conduct in-depth interviews and produce profile documentaries of notable Armenians who have achieved success in their respective fields. Voice of Armenians TVNY also produces and promotes theater, film and concerts with notable Armenian artists around the world.
In recognition of the vital role that it plays in the Diaspora, Voice of Armenians TVNY received first prize in the Armenian Media Competition at the 6th Pan Armenian Annual Forum of Journalists in Yerevan, Armenia, which was hosted by the Armenian Ministry of the Diaspora in September 2012.
VOA TVNY can be watched throughout the United States and internationally streaming on Roku TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire and online on the show's website, or on social media platforms. During the past 10 years, VOA TVNY has created an online archive of more than one thousand programs that will serve as a source of reference and information for future generations and will help to preserve the Armenian identity, language, and traditions in the United States.
VOA TVNY also steadfastly promotes the interests and wellbeing of Armenia and Artsakh by providing timely reporting from the region to our global audiences.
Voice of Armenians TVNY is a unique cultural, news, and educational institution that harnesses the power of television and electronic media to inform, entertain, and inspire our Armenian family around the world.
Born in Yerevan, Karine Kocharyan attended Yerevan State Academy of Drama and Fine Arts and studied in the class of legendary Armenian director, Vardan Ajemyan. She began her acting career at the Vardan Ajemyan Gyumri State Drama Theater where she held dozens of lead roles.
In 1977, following a personal invitation by Vardan Ajemyan, along with her late husband, the director, actor, and painter Vladimir Kocharyan, Karine Kocharyan began working in The Gabriel Sundukyan State Academic Theater. For the next 17 years, she held many lead roles in plays by Armenian, European, and Russian playwrights. She also appeared in lead roles in Armenian films and TV.
In 1994, Karine Kocharyan relocated to New York where she studied at York College, CUNY, and received a certificate in television production and theater directing.
In 1996, she founded the television program, “Ardzagang" (Echo). In 2011, she founded Voice of Armenians TVNY, a weekly show covering the political, cultural, and religious life and activities of the Armenian Diaspora in the New York Metropolitan area. VOA TVNY is widely viewed by U.S. and international audiences.
From 2002 to 2019, Karine Kocharyan also worked as a New York correspondent for Voice of America Armenian Service.
Karine Kocharyan has received many awards, including the St. Sahag and St. Mesrob medal from The Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, the Encyclicals from His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, and first prize in the Armenian media competition.
Karine Kocharyan continues to work as a theater actor and director. She has directed several productions and has toured throughout the United States and Armenia. In April 2021, Karine Kocharyan traveled to Artsakh, where she directed the Stepanakert State Drama Theater in "Three Apples Fell from the Sky.” In August 2021, the play premiered in Artsakh and thereafter the production toured throughout Armenia.
Karine Kocharyan resides and works in New York.
Born in Armenia, Haik Kocharian was introduced to the world of art in early childhood by his parents, both theater and film actors. After studying at the Armenian Theater and Art Academy, he moved to New York City to pursue his artistic aspirations and attended Brooklyn College, where he majored in photography and film.
Kocharian has written, directed, and produced six short films including “Control Z,” whose original negatives are housed in The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ film archive, as well as “Charlie,” which won the Thirteen/WNET Reel 13 Shorts Competition.
Kocharian wrote, directed, and produced his first feature film, “Please be Normal,” starring Oscar-nominated actor Sam Waterston, who appears alongside his daughter, Elisabeth Waterston, his son-in-law, Louis Cancelmi, and Dana Eskelson. In 2015, the New York Times awarded the film a Critics’ Pick, and the film won awards in two film festivals.
His second feature film, “I am Like You,” is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2022.
Kocharian is also an established fine art photographer. He has held solo photography exhibitions in New York at the Robin Rice Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, and Judson Memorial Church, as well as group exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York and the International Center for Photography.
Kocharian is actively involved in charity work and, as a photographer, has collaborated with non-profit organizations such as Meaningful World, a UN-affiliated NGO in Burundi, Kenya, and Rwanda; African Services Committee in Ethiopia; Chodron Foundation in Nepal; and Self Help Africa and Faiths for Safe Water in New York.
Kocharian is also a singer-songwriter. His most recent performance included a multimedia concert at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York.