AACT's International Festival: June 18-23, 2018

German entry photoEnjoy a world-wide, week-long community theatre festival,
June 18-23, on Florida’s beautiful southwest coast

Learn more & register at VeniceStage.com/international!

Photo: Request Stop by Harold Pinter produced by The Wild Bunch from Berlin, Germany.  Don't miss this and more at aactWorldFest 2018

You’ll spend the week delighting in performances from around the globe, learning new skills at a variety of workshops, and becoming life-long friends with other theatre lovers from around the world. aactWorldFest is sponsored by AACT.


Register Now

Registration is currently open.  You’ll have the time of your life at this Festival in Paradise! Go to VeniceStage.com/international to learn more and register today.

Theatre troupes committed to perform at the 2018 festival:

Armenia Thumbelina, Yerevan State Puppet Theatre
Chile Pichanga, Corredor Latinoamericano de Teatro
Georgia MacBeth, Experimental Theatre Everywhere
Germany Request Stop, The Wild Bunch, Berlin 
Israel One of a Kind, The Yoram LoewenStein Performing Arts Studio, Tel Aviv
Israel Vital Signs, Galgal Group
Italy Michelangelo da Caravaggio, Maner Manush
Nepal Bakash, The Khwapkimi Art Institution, Nepal
Poland The Stone of Patience, Zapadnia Theatre
Russia Chook & Gek, Melting Point, Saint-Petersburg
Russia Comedy of Love, The Theatre of Plastique and Pantomime Grotesque, Surgut
United Kingdom Bump!, The Scrambled Egg Theatre Company
United States of America The Addams Family, Act 1, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma, Washington
United States of America Spirit & Sworded Treks, Theatre Esprit Asia, Aurora, Colorado
Vietnam The Golden Cockerel, The Le Ngoc Theater Troupe
Zimbabwe Who Is a Child?, Chipawo Trust's Girl Power Troupe
Also pending are productions from Australia and China. Productions listed are currently scheduled; all performances are subject to change.  

Lori Chase, Coordinator for aactWorldFest 2018, is currently recruiting more productions, event sponsors, workshop leaders, and vendors to participate in this exciting event. Please contact her if you’d like to participate at lorichase@venicetheatre.net.

Festival Hotels

Ramada Venice Hotel Venezia is the official festival hotel.
This beautifully appointed facility is just a mile from the theatre. Venice Theatre “make-a-wish drivers will provide shuttle service all day and evening.
Festival Rates: Single: $105 Suite: $135 • Click here to book now.
Phone: (941) 308-7700

The secondary hotel is the Fairfield Inn & Suites
Just off I-75, Fairfield Inn & Suites is 4.5 miles from the theatre. Shuttle service is not available.
Festival Rates: Single: $104 Suite: $114
Phone: (941) 488-4343

To receive the festival rate at either hotel, just mention aactWorldFest when making your reservation.

Airline Discounts

Use these codes to receive special discounts when making your airline reservations:
Delta - NMRSQ
United - ZEYR613058

Previous Festivals

Kanjush (The Miser) from Bangladesh, aactWorldFest 2014At the 2014 AACT WorldFest,  top-quality theatre troupes from 13 countries around the globe presented over 30 performances in one week in Venice, Florida. Many groups performed in their native language, but audiences followed what was happening … in whatever theatre form it was presented, because the language of theatre is universal! [Photo at left : Kanjush (The Miser) from Bangladesh, aactWorldFest 2014].

More than 20 workshops were offered in 2014,  involving a variety of theatre forms. Participants learned about Chinese opera, commedia dell’ arte,  multi-media influences on modern theatre and more. Delightful dinners, after-glow gatherings, impromptu drum circles, and “lobby gabs” make up the recipe for life-long, global friendships!

Throughout the 2014 awards ceremonies, representatives from different international troupes thanked Venice Theater’s volunteers and home hosts, and how the festival brought cultures together.

“I want to thank the festival for proving that the theater world isn’t flat,” said Canadian actor Jeff Bastien, who performed in the play Babel Rap. “Imagine a place where everyone from around the world can come together and work together. That is paradise.”


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