Girl-Empowerment Projects, The All-Girl Theater Company


The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company was founded in 2007 by Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney as a nurturing, empowering space for ensembles of girls ages 9-18 to come together and artistically explore their world.  Through a unique combination of intensive acting training, creative writing, debate and discussion, mentorship, and public service, members of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company become change agents – utilizing the power of the theater arts to share their voices, challenge their communities, and inspire their peers.  The Arts Effect is dedicated to the development of girl-driven original plays, girl-focused community events, and girl-empowering in-school workshops throughout the United Sates, all designed to raise awareness and spark open and honest communication about the challenges girls face worldwide – from the over-sexualization of girls in culture to sex trafficking; from the intense presence of social media in girls’ lives to reproductive rights/girls’ health.

To date, The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company has reached thousands of girls in NYC and beyond, most notably through the touring of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning plays KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN (“The Arts Effect Girls are so funny, so touching, and so REAL!  Awesome to see such amazing acting and writing on stage!” –Amy Poehler), FACEBOOK ME (“Smart, daring, refreshingly honest – Facebook Me is a necessary and powerful play!” –Gloria Steinem), and SLUT (“Riveting, moving and courageous.” –Kathy Najimy), along with its OPERATION: GIRL POWER in-school workshops, and FIND YOUR VOICE! fundraising events in support of organizations such as V-Day, Girls, Inc., and FAIRGirls.

This past year, Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company expanded its reach, working with girls throughout the midwestern United States and also, across the globe as far as in Indonesia, and also designing and implemented a leadership-through-storytelling workshop for commercially sexually exploited youth.

Artistic Director, Katie Cappiello and Managing Director, Meg McInerney are graduates of NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts where they studied a combination of Drama, Women’s Studies, and Applied Theater.  They were recently honored by The National Women’s Hall of Fame and The United States Congress for their dedicated, cutting-edge work empowering young girls.