Ardith Boxall is an actor and director, and the Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba. In 2005, after a year as associate artist, Ardith was appointed the Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba, a company dedicated to new plays and the development of local artists. Prior to this, she worked primarily as a freelance actor for stage, film and television, a drama instructor, and was an emerging director. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg with an honours degree in Theatre and Drama, Ardith continued her studies at the National Voice Intensive at Simon Fraser University, and mentored in directing under several of Manitoba’s finest theatre practitioners.
Since the company’s founding by Harry Rintoul and members of the community in 1990, Ardith has maintained strong ties with Theatre Projects. Several acting, assistant directing and directing credits at TPM over the years have reinforced the need to preserve the Company as a professional theatre for artists in our region. Selected TPM credits include Ce Weekend la, Live With It, I Do…Do You? The Monster Trilogy, Age of Arousal and three instalments of In the Chamber (2006, 2007 and 2009).
Selected acting credits include, Shakespeare’s Dog at the Manitoba Theatre Centre/National Arts Centre, Zaidie’s Shoes and The Norbals at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Crave with English Suitcase and The Darling Family with Graham Ashmore at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Ardith won a Blizzard Award in 2004 for her performance in Jeffrey Erbach’s feature film, The Nature of Nicholas. She has appeared in Canadian films such as The Stone Angel and Milgaard. In 2009, Ardith was nominated by her peers for the Making A Mark Award which applauds established artists who are receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in Winnipeg and beyond.
As the Company enters its 25th season this year, Ardith continues to oversee the activities of TPM, programming the seasons, gathering artistic teams, and seeding new production to carry the Company into the future. Maintaining the original mandate of the Company while expanding the artistic mission to include contemporary Canadian plays, Ardith is determined to promote the activities of TPM on a national scale. This includes advocating for the dissemination of Manitoba plays in the greater Canadian theatre community. Ardith is a member of the Board of Directors for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.