aactWORLDFEST Young Actors Residency

aactWORLDFEST Young Actors Residency

aactWORLDFEST is a celebration of community theatres from around the world.  During the week, there are riveting performances from twelve companies. Past participants have witnessed work from Russia, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Italy, China and twenty other countries. There are also workshops offered by the international directors and actors. Imagine learning about commedia del arte from Italians, or about Stanislavski technique from a Russian director.  AACTWorldFest also offers a young actors residency program that includes an exclusive workshop that begins the week prior and is open only to members of the residency.

This year, the Young Actors Residency will offer a scholarship to four students for this unique opportunity. This two-week summer world theatre residency is for June 11-28, 2020 in Venice, Florida.  Students must be age 16-19 (at the time of the festival) to participate.

This year’s exclusive youth workshop is a week-long Chinese Opera Masterclass taught by Dr. Chua Soo Pong, founder of the Chinese Opera Institute (COI).  You need not be an opera singer to benefit from the workshop! Topics will include stylized movement, Chinese make-up technique and vocal work. 

After the first week concludes, aactWorldFest begins and you will attend international performances, give a demonstration presentation of skills learned in the Chinese Opera Masterclass, participate in other workshops and meet with other teens from the states and around the world in a youth conference. Imagine all that on a college resume!

Full scholarships available

  • Travel grants, spending monies, and lodging will all be provided for the students selected. Lodging is provided courtesy of Venice Theatre.
  • Click here to apply!
  • Application deadline is May 1, 2020.  Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Interested candidates submit inquiries and questions to Executive Director,Quiana Clark-Roland at quiana@aact.org.

Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation The aactWORLDFEST Youth Residency Program is made possible by is made possible in part by a grant from the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation.


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