About Us

WHO WE ARE

The Arts Effect is an award-winning program for up-and-coming artists known for offering the highest quality acting training in an exciting, supportive environment. Our goal is to guide actors in the development of a rich, natural, emotionally connected acting style perfect for film, TV, and theater.

Whether you’re looking for a fun after school activity, an outlet for creativity, a chance to try something new and challenging, or looking to star of Broadway or the big screen —The Arts Effect has something for the actor, artist, EVEN ACTIVIST in everyone.

Great class options include: BEG., INT., ADV., Acting Classes, The All-Girl Theater Companies, Audition Technique Workshops, Musical Theater with Bob Mark, and College Level Teen Acting Courses.

Arts Effect students have appeared on Broadway (Mary Poppins, Shrek, Chaplin: The Musical, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, and more!), TV (666 Park Avenue, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, Deception, and more!), and in film (The Dark Knight Rises, Did You Hear About The Morgans?, New Year’s Eve, Lullaby, The Switch, Valentine’s Day, and more!) 

Katie Cappiello, Artistic Director

Katie Cappiello is a 2003 graduate of New York University, where she studied Theater at The Tisch School of the Arts along with Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.  Katie also studied Art History in Florence, Italy.

Katie trained at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, where she became fluent in method acting and eventually served as head teacher of the Young Actors Program.

Today, Katie is considered one of the top acting coaches and teachers in the country.  One of her most recent projects was coaching on the set of the up-coming feature film, The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.  Working with actors of all ages, Katie’s students have appeared in numerous award-winning Broadway productions, critically-acclaimed feature films, and hit TV series.  Specializing in performing arts school auditions, Katie is proud to announce that her amazing students have been accepted to New York University (Tisch School of the Arts), Wagner, Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, Northwestern, Emerson, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Professional Performing Arts Middle School and High School, LaGuardia High School, Frank Sinatra High School, and The Profesisonal Children’s School.

Katie serves as the Artistic Director of The Celia Rose T. Fitzgerald Arts Education Outreach Organization (CRTF), a non-profit she helped to create in memory of one of her most beloved students, Celia Rose T. Fitzgerald.  As Artistic Director of CRTF, Katie designed and now heads the I CAN ACT! Arts Outreach Program, a free, exciting performing arts workshop created for in-need NYC public elementary schools.  Over the years, I CAN ACT! has proudly served the students of PS 41, PS 111, and PS 187.

Katie is also a professional actor and for 5 years served as President of The PossEble Theater Company (PTC). PTC, an NYC based non-profit, was a beacon of youthful authenticity in the Off-Broadway community committed to producing challenging, accessible, contemporary theater.  Katie performed in various PossEble Theater productions including Eric Bogosian’s Suburbia, Stephan Adly Guirgis’ Den of Thieves, and most recently CINEPHILA, a new play by Leslye Headland, at Theatre Row (NYC).

Katie teaches Shakespearean Studies and Dance at The Dalton School.

Meg McInerney, Managing Director

Meg McInerney is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  While at NYU, Meg studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute and received a BFA in Theater with minors in both Psychology and Applied Theater.

Since a very young age, Meg has experienced the transformative power that theater can have in a person’s life.  Meg’s excitement and passion for teaching theater developed into a career in 2004 when she worked at The Hudson Guild community center in NYC.  She created, developed, and implemented an after-school and summer theater program for 100 children, ranging from ages 5 through 14.  Through her program, Meg used theater as a tool to empower and encourage self-expression with children who had limited creative outlets.

Meg is a professional actor and for 3 years served as an Associate Board Member and the Company Manager for The PossEble Theater Company (PTC).  PTC was a New York City based non-profit that dedicated itself to producing thought-provoking, accessible, and contemporary theater.  Meg helped produce and acted in several PTC productions including Once Upon a Wolf, Mourn the Living Hector, Color of the Universe, and Cinephilia.

Meg also served as the Creative and Development Director and Lead Teaching Artist for the non-profit organization Opening Act.  (2005-2011)  Opening Act believes every student deserves a place to shine and works to bring free after-school theater programs to underserved New York City public high schools.  Students meet once a week to create original full length plays which are then performed at a professional theater in Manhattan.

Meg was recently honored, along side Katie Cappiello, by The National Women’s Hall of Fame and The United States Congress for their powerful and dedicated work with young artists.

Throughout all of Meg’s present and future endeavors, she hopes to continually inspire young people to find their voice and feel empowered to help create the change they want to see in the world!

Charlotte Arnoux, Assistant Teacher

Charlotte ArnouxCharlotte graduated in May 2012 from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There, she studied at the Lee Strasberg Studio where she learned the ins-and-outs of The Method. During her time at NYU, she performed in several plays directed by prominent Broadway and Off-Broadway guest directors. She also developed a love for on-screen acting and has since found ways to express her love for acting in all its forms: theater, musical theater, film and voiceover. Lately, Charlotte’s passion has been New Theater and all the new voices that young theatermakers have to offer. She recently performed at The Tank Theater, INTAR Space, the Brick Theater and at the 24-Hour Plays: Nationals at the Atlantic Theater Company.

Charlotte began her work at Arts Effect as an intern in the Summer of 2010. She immediately realized the importance of teaching Method Acting to young actors because of their captivating ability to be relaxed, open and truthful in their acting. She is a firm believer that acting – whether on stage or screen – is a creative process and that great actors are, first and foremost, great artists. She is very excited to continue helping young actors sculpt their boundless talent and creativity.

Jonathan Sokolow, Assistant Teacher

Jonathan Sokolow is in his final semester as a Drama student at New York University. While there he has studied Practical Aesthetics at The Atlantic Theater Company and the physical work of Jerzy Grotowski at The International Theater Wing in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and at The Experimental Theater Wing here in New York City.  He has performed in over ten productions through NYU, ranging from self-scripted projects to several Mainstage performances. In addition to theater, he will graduate with a minor in Producing.

Jonathan has worked hard to combine his passion for working with children with his passion for theater.  For the past six summers, Jonathan has worked closely with kids at Camp Jorn YMCA in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. While there he mentored children age 8-16 as a Counselor, Leadership Counselor and in this past summer, Program Director. In addition to counseling campers, he developed the Drama program and created the Music program at Jorn.  In New York he has interned at The 52nd Street Project, a children’s theater providing various artistic classes and private after school care in Hell’s Kitchen.  Jonathan is the other co-founder of Team Canada Sketch Comedy and Improv Troupe.  He truly believes in the powerful and positive impact the stage can have on a developing child.

Jamie Wolfe, Assitant Teacher

Jamie Wolfe is proud to have studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She trained with the Atlantic Theatre Company Studio and in addition, studied at the Stonestreet Film and Television Studio. She spent her final semester at NYU interning with CESD Talent Agency. She worked in their legit department and was given the opportunity to assist in both their print and youth divisions as well. She also had the pleasure of working for Writer’s Theatre and Northlight Theatre, two award winning theatre companies in Chicago. She assisted in both their casting and educational development departments and was responsible for holding and running the Summer Unified Non-equity Generals for 5 Chicago Regional Theaters in July of 2010. She also experienced helping in the expansion of the MLK Theatre Project for private and public schools in Chicago. She began teaching Kindermusic at the North Shore School for the Performing Arts in Chicago and plans to dedicate her life enriching communities through this medium.

Jamie is a firm believer that comedy has the ability to heal, inspiring her to become the co-founder of a NYU Sketch Comedy and Improv Troupe called Team Canada. She has been performing improv for 7 years and has been working alongside her team writing sketch comedy for 3 years. She thrives off of physical performance and the willingness to take risks!