Due to the global impact of COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel aactWORLDFEST 2020. We are looking forward  to aactWORLDFEST 2022 which has been scheduled for June 20-26, 2022.

We have communicated directly with festival participants and registrants about how to deal with the cancellation. Questions about aactWORLDFEST should not be directed to the box office. Festival Coordinator Lori Chase will respond to questions via email at lorichase@venicetheatre.net.

aactWORLDFEST 2022: June 20-26, 2022

Featuring shows from around the globe, parties, workshops, and more!

What is aactWORLDFEST?

Sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and presented by Venice Theatre and the American Association of Community Theatre, aactWORLDFEST is a world-wide week-long community theatre festival in Venice, Florida, USA on Florida’s beautiful southwest coast.

“For theater lovers in our region, there really is nothing quite like the AACT WorldFest, which concluded its third run at Venice Theatre Saturday after a week of international theater productions that were alternately stimulating, thrilling, perplexing and colorful.” ~ Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune (read more)


Delight in performances from top-quality theatre troupes from around the globe. Many perform in their native language, but it’s easy to follow what’s happening  because the language of theatre is universal!


Enjoy a variety of learning experiences involving an array of theatre forms.


Delightful dinners, after-glow gatherings, impromptu drum circles, and “lobby gabs” make up the recipe for life-long, global friendships!

Who can attend?

Anyone with a love of theatre! You’ll have the time of your life at this Festival in Paradise!