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. The 2020 Festival is powered by Seed&Spark, check out the festival below!
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!
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
- BFD Anti Racism StatementBoxFest Detroit was founded to create equal opportunities for women in theatre. It is our commitment to support the artistic journeys of our directors to guarantee a space where justice can be practiced and imagined. While we are part of a gender equity movement, our work does not exist in a vacuum and is necessarilyContinue reading “BFD Anti Racism Statement”
- Online Festival ProgramBoxFest Detroit Announces 2020 Online Festival Program BoxFest Detroit 2020 runs online October 10th – 18th, powered by Seed&Spark. Tickets are $12 per box or $40 for a festival pass. Tickets are on sale now at the festival site, which can be found at http://seedandspark.com/festivals/boxfest-detroit. Before the Covid-19 crisis made it apparent that safe liveContinue reading “Online Festival Program”
- BoxFest 2020 Festival AnnouncementBoxFest 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”
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.