Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-­in­‐education services to 150 New York City public schools annually. We strive to develop a strong partnership between artists and teachers by providing arts programs to supplement traditional classroom teaching techniques. Each residency or workshop focuses on a specific visual or performing arts discipline selected by school staff and administration.

Founded in 1977, Marquis Studios has served over 460,000 students, 26,000 teachers and 15,000 parents at schools throughout New York City. Working with a diverse population, 80% of programs serve students living at or below the poverty line with over 50% of all grant-funded programming serving classrooms containing with disabilities.

Marquis Studios Offers:

  • Core curriculum programming consisting of ten-­week arts residencies taught by our staff of trained Teaching Artists.
  • A full spectrum of arts residencies that encourage student exploration of visual arts, theatre, music, dance architecture, circus arts and puppetry.
  • Custom designed programs to meet the educational goals set by the school through collaboration with Marquis Studios and classroom teachers.
  • Programs that address New York State Learning Standards, both in the arts and academic areas.
  • Professional development for classroom teachers to provide arts education techniques and concepts that can be brought back to the classroom.
  • Parent/Child Workshops that help parents understand the connection between arts and academics while providing a fun, hands­‐on experience parents and children can share.


Marquis Studios thanks our Board of Directors for their ongoing support and guidance, without which we could not fulfill our mission of bringing arts education to all of New York City’s children.

  • David Marquis

    Executive Director

    David Marquis is the founder of Marquis Studios and has been its Executive Director since the company’s inception in 1977. He brings to his work as an educator his considerable experience as a theater artist of many capacities. David began his artistic career in London, where he studied and taught acting for five years. From 1985­-1989, he sat on the Board of Directors for the Puppetry Guild of New York. From 1988-1990 he was a site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts theater program. From 1992-2000 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Arts in Education Round table. He is a founding member of the Association of Teaching Artists and sat on the Board of Trustees of Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute from 2005-2014 as well as the Board of Directors of the Delaware College of Art and Design 2010-2014. His work as a puppeteer has toured the United States and has been placed prominently in many international festivals. As a Teaching Artist for the last 38 years, David has taught numerous classroom and professional development workshops. Subjects include puppetry, architecture, theater arts, writing, video editing, literacy, and mask-making. In the late 1970s, his work with video and computer­‐generated images of his own design was the first integration of this technology into Puppet Theater in the United States.


  • Dorothy Devlin

    Board Chair

    Dorothy is the Co-Founder of DEVLINHAIR Productions, known for strategic planning, consulting and the production of flawless, large-scale events and training. Her unstoppable commitment to client service and keen understanding of clients’ needs have contributed to her outstanding success and the success of DEVLINHAIR’s clients. Dorothy holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dunbarton College and a degree in Special Education from Hofstra University. She is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, Board Chair of Marquis Studios and a member of the board of the National Youth Recovery Foundation.

  • Michael Ciminera

    Member of the Board

    A native son of the “City of Brotherly Love”, Michael Ciminera has had a successful business career spanning over 25 years in the marketplace. Michael began his career at Hallmark Cards in 1993. He held a diverse series of positions with increasing responsibility in both field sales and corporate positions at Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City, MO. In 2003, Michael joined Activision/Blizzard, the world’s largest video game publisher, helping rebuild their sales and marketing organization. He worked on numerous sales and marketing launches including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Skylanders. Currently Michael is part of the senior leadership team at Ban Dai America where heads the US sales team. He works on many large toy brands like Power Rangers, Tamagotchi, Big Hero 6 and Finding Dory.