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BoxFest Detroit is an organization that showcases and creates opportunities for women-identifying directors. We produce festivals that allow women directors the opportunities to direct original shows of their choice and win awards to help further their careers in directing. The winning director of the audience vote competition is given the opportunity to direct a show with Planet Ant Theatre’s Late Night Series. In 2017 we launched a Mentorship Program that gives our directors the monetary support and opportunity to shadow directors at theatres all around southeast Michigan.
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 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.