Founded in 2007, The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company is an elite ensemble of young actors and writers dedicated to exploring the realities of its generation, challenging communities, sparking conversation, and raising consciousness through the theater arts.
Created and directed by Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, the company offers girls from around the northeast a safe space to train professionally as artists, develop and share their voices with peers and communities, freely debate and discuss their world, and craft sharp, through-provoking, girl-focused theater as a team.
The All-Girl Company meets and trains weekly, year round. The artists study a Method-based technique that focuses on sensory work, personalization, improvisation, and character/scene/text analysis. Original plays are developed through a unique combination of creative/reflective writing, student-driven cultural research, character exploration, improvisation, and scene creation.
Since its establishment, The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company has garnered praise and support from a number of inspiring women and organizations including: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, The United States Congress, Eve Ensler, V-Day, Girls, Inc., The National Organization of Women, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Jessica Hecht, Jennifer Baumgardner, and Amy Richards.
In 2007-2008, The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company created and produced its first original play KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. The 10-11 year-old members of The Arts Effect received the Outstanding Ensemble Award as part of their participation in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival.
The All-Girl Company performed at Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women’s movement, as part of the annual Road to Equality Women’s National Conference. Hillary Clinton and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney showed their support!
In 2009, The Company and Jr. Company members developed and participated in Find Your Voice! at The Brooklyn Lyceum. Created and sponsored by The Arts Effect, this FREE, day-long Girl Power celebration was attended by 350 girls and their families, and featured the passionate voices and talents of inspiring girls and women throughout the Tri-State.
In 2010, All-Girl Company and All-Girl Jr. Company members created and performed FashionablyMe!, as part of Fashion’s Night Out 2010 in Grand Central Terminal. The girls took Fall’s hottest runway by storm, redefining what it means to be “fashionable” through the performance of original scenes and monologues about being bold, smart, powerful, and strong!
The Arts Effect All-Girl Companies presented Operation: Girl Power! A FREE, day-long event for girls ages 8-15 at The Helen Mills Theater and Event Space. Over 450 girls enjoyed free acting, creative writing, new media workshops and live performances by The Arts Effect All-Girl Companies.
In 2011, The Arts Effect developed Operation: Girl Power! In-school Workshops in hopes of offering elementary and middle school girls of NYC a safe, nurturing, girls-only space to artistically share their voices, communicate healthfully, and explore the challenges of “growing-up girl” in the 21st century as a community. Operation: Girl Power! is now serving over 500 hundred girls in 3 NYC schools. Learn more: www.TheArtsEffectNYC.com/ogp.htm
The 13-15 year-old members of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company developed facebook me, an official selection of the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival.
The 9-11 year-old members of The Arts Effect All-Girl JR. Theater Company developed the acclaimed new play, Diary of a SO-CALLED Mean Girl.