BoxFest Detroit Announces 2011 Festival!

BoxFest Detroit announces 2011 festival

Producers seek directors, playwrights, actors, designers and technicians for BoxFest Detroit 2011

Matt Forbes and Julie Brock in Armchair Dating, directed by Andrea Scobie.

DETROIT— The producers of BoxFest Detroit are pleased to announce BoxFest Detroit 2011, an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors.  The festival will run Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and evenings, August 5th through August 20th, with a celebratory opening event to precede it on Thursday, August 4th.  BoxFest Detroit 2011 will be held at The Furniture Factory, 4126 3rd St, Detroit, MI 48201.  Admission is payable by cash only at the door with day passes for $10 and festival passes for $30.  For more information, please visit the website

BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for 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.

This year’s festival has garnered a great deal of interest already.  Beginning in 2010, BoxFest Detroit producers have received communications from interested artists from a variety of backgrounds and locations, some from as far as New York and California. “Considering the amount of people that have contacted us, we should be looking at a much more diverse and larger festival than we’ve had past years,” said executive director Kelly Rossi.  With the amount of attention this year’s festival has already received, BoxFest Detroit is poised to present an event of fine quality with a diverse group of artists like never before.

Linda Rabin Hammell, Greg Prusiewicz, Kevin Barron and Bob Kelly in Flowers, directed by Kristen Wagner.

Preparations for the 2011 festival have already begun and currently the producers are seeking artists to fill nearly all positions.  Directors, playwrights, actors, designers and technicians interested in participating in BoxFest Detroit 2011 should visit and click on the “Contact” link to send us an email.  In the email please include your name, contact information and how you would like to be involved in the festival.  All interested artists must respond by Tuesday, May 31st.  All positions are volunteer based.

BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors.  Though the main focus of the event is the directors, BoxFest Detroit creates a festive energy by including performances by local musicians, improv troupes and uses the lobby to create an art gallery for female inspired art.  Proceeds from the event are given to two directors 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.