BoxFest Detroit

BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival in Hamtramck, MI that showcases local women-identifying directors. It has served and continues to function as a springboard for many women and their directing careers.

About Us

BoxFest Detroit 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 formed 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.

How You Can Get Involved

Be a Director

Gain community with other women directors, get the opportunity to fully stage original work, and access opportunities like mentorship and a late night slot Planet Ant Theatre!

Submit Work

Are you a playwright looking for full productions of your work? Directors at BoxFest Detroit choose work that speaks to them and fully stages them for an annual two weekend festival.

Audition for Us

We can’t do our work without actors! Come participate, meet great people, and help give life to this work!


What Our Directors Say

Thank you very much for your support, for believing in me as a director and for continuing to facilitate BoxFest as an awesome opportunity for women directors. 

Mycah Artis

I love BoxFest so much because it provided me as a young black woman the platform and opportunity to let my voice be heard and share my gift with my community.

RoNeesha Jackson

News & Announcements

  • BoxFest 2020 Festival Announcement
    BoxFest Detroit 2020 will present films, filmed theatrical performances, and additional events featuring participating artists and staff. The festival, powered by Seed & Spark, will run entirely online from October 10 through October 18, 2020. Ticket sales will open in late September. BoxFest Detroit has served and continues to function as a springboard for manyContinue reading “BoxFest 2020 Festival Announcement”
  • Black Lives Matter
    In the year 2020, BoxFest Detroit, an annual festival that showcases and supports women directors, is set to celebrate our 18th year of grassroots theatre.   Now that we are finally a “real” nonprofit thing, we are looking back at what makes us, us. We recognize the support from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, particularlyContinue reading “Black Lives Matter”
  • Announcing Kennikki Jones-Jones
    BOXFEST DETROIT ANNOUNCES KENNIKKI JONES-JONES Producers announce a new member of the production team We are thrilled to welcome Kennikki Jones-Jones to the production team. Kennikki Jones-Jones is a multi-award winning theatre and film director. Born and raised in Detroit, she obtained her BFA in Acting from Wayne State University and her MFA in FilmContinue reading “Announcing Kennikki Jones-Jones”

Sign Up to Volunteer

We always need extra help during the weekend of the festival! Volunteers greet patrons, usher, fold programs, help us prepare the theatre space, and get to see all the shows for free! Contact us if you’re interested in signing up to help.