BoxFest Detroit

BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors.
Supporting Metro Detroit Women Directors

BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival that showcases local women directors. It has served and continues to function as a springboard for many women and their directing careers. Directors who have participated in past festivals have gone on to pursue graduate studies at highly competitive universities, become directors at professional theatres, and form their own successful theatre and production companies. BoxFest Detroit’s importance within Michigan’s theatre community was validated when Between The Lines honored the festival with the Critic’s Choice Award at the 2008 Wilde Awards. Every year proceeds from the event are given to one director as a scholarship to help further her career, and the winner of the audience vote competition is given the opportunity to direct a show with Planet Ant Theatre’s Late Night Series.


The people and organizations who make BoxFest Detroit possible

Kelly Rossi

Executive Director
As Executive Director of the Festival, Kelly has been with BoxFest for the last eleven years. Kelly is the lead contact for playwrights submitting to the festival. Kelly is a local actor and playwright, and is also the Program Director for Y Arts in Detroit.

Amanda Grace Ewing

Artistic Director
As the Artistic Director of the festival, Amanda mentors and guides the festival directors through picking a play, rehearsals, tech, and performances. She also manages BoxFest’s web presence and designs BFD’s marketing materials. Amanda is a local director/dramaturg, and the Interim Director for UMich’s Educational Theatre Company.

Molly McMahon

Molly is a local director and actor, and a graduate student at the UMich’s School of Social Work. As a producer of the festival, Molly mentors festival directors throughout the process of producing a play.

Planet Ant

Festival Sponsor
Planet Ant is home to Metro-Detroit’s longest running improv comedy show as well as some of the area’s best scripted productions. Planet Ant hosts BFD, and supports the work of the winning director by awarding her a slot in their Late Night Series.
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