The Arts Effect NYC Launches OPERATION: GIRL POWER! 11/16

The Arts Effect NYC, the New York City-based award-winning arts development organization, will launch OPERATION: GIRL POWER! with guest host The View's Sherri Shepherd. This one-day-only event for tween girls features an afternoon of free acting, writing, and blogging classes followed by a Girl Power Party. The event is highlighted by a VIP reception with high profile guests ranging from Broadway producers to directors to actors, and a free performance of the award-winning play Keep Your Eyes Open. The play is directed by Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney and stars The Arts Effect All-Girl Ensemble. Keep Your Eyes Open will be streamed live on and thanks to support from LiveStream--the most powerful live broadcast platform on the Internet!

WHO: Sherri Shepherd, Katie Cappiello, Meg McInerney, The Arts Effect All-Girl Ensemble,
Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid, [title of show], The Full Monty), Susan Blackwell ([title of show]), Celina Carvejal (Tarzan, Dracula, 42nd Street, Cats), Gracie Bea Lawrence (Brighton Beach Memoirs, member of The Arts Effect All-Girl Ensemble), Fashion Designer Bonnie Young, and Authors Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards.

WHERE: The Helen Mills Theater
137-139 West 26th Street
New York, New York

WHEN: Monday, November 16, 2009
Doors Open - 3:30 PM
Acting/ Writing/ Blogging Workshops - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Girl Power Party - 6:00 PM
Special Live Performance - 7:15 PM

WHY: OPERATION: GIRL POWER! is a girl-inspired, girl-focused transmedia movement designed to empower, motivate, and unite tween/teen girls through the creative mediums they love most: STAGE, WEB, VIDEO, and CLASSROOM. The launch will spark a global community providing girls with the freedom, support, and platforms to make their voices heard. The Arts Effect NYC, founded by Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, is a premier creative arts development company reaching thousands of New Yorkers of all ages.

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