BoxFest Detroit

BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for female-identifying 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 the winner of the audience vote competition is given the opportunity to direct a show with Planet Ant Theatre’s One Act Series. In 2017 BoxFest Detroit launched a mentorship program, a portion of the festival proceeds go to support at least one director's participation in this program.

OUR TEAM

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
Amanda is the newest member of the BoxFest team. An alumna of the festival, she manages BoxFest’s web presence and designs BFD’s marketing materials. Amanda is a local director/dramaturge, and the Director of UMich’s Educational Theatre Company.

Molly McMahon

Producer
As the Artistic Director of the festival, Molly mentors and guides the festival directors through picking a play, rehearsals, tech, and performances. Molly is a local director and actor, and is currently pursuing graduate work in UMich’s School of Social Work.

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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