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.
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.
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.
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.
In true native New Yorker-style, Julie has always taken an unusual path to reach her goals. After completing her BA and MA in Communications at the University of Alabama, Julie began her career as a public relations professional at the legendary King Biscuit Flower Hour Records. After having a glimpse of the world of events through her PR contacts, Julie changed career course and began working in Corporate Event Production at Jack Morton Worldwide. Eager to have more responsibility and learn more about the inner workings of a business, Julie joined DEVLINHAIR Productions, Inc. where she quickly rose through the ranks from receptionist to office manager to Vice President of Project Management. Julie has helped DEVLINHAIR expand the services they are able to provide their client base and as EVP heads up production and operations, overseeing all vendors and ensuring DEVLINHAIR is compliant with all their clients’ needs. In her free time, Julie enjoys live music, whether it’s playing the piano or going to see her favorite bands, live theatre and is an active volunteer member of NY Cares. Julie is also a fitness enthusiast, currently training for her 2nd half marathon and studying to become a spinning instructor.