Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-­in­‐education services to 170 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 500,000 students, 28,000 teachers and 18,000 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:

  • 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 employs 90 professional teaching artists whom specialize in a variety of disciplines. If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Artist visit our careers page.

  • Babay L. Angles

    Babay L. Angles (Angelica Janabajal Tolentino) is a Pilipinx Brooklyn, NY-based choreographer, dancer, interdisciplinary performance artist, educator, and activist.  She was raised in South East San Diego, CA and Okinawa, Japan. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and a Masters of Arts in Urban Education and Social Justice with a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Studies. She has over ten years of experience as an educator, mental health worker, and grassroots organizer in South East San Diego and Oakland, CA.

    Babay L. Angles practices dance, ritual, storytelling, and community building in the languages of funk and soul.  She fuses Breakin’, Rocking, and Modern dance to create narratives of resistance to highlight the strength of people of color, womyn, queer communities, indigenous peoples and those at the margins.

    She is currently a 2nd year fellow for Betty’s Daughter Public Performance and Action Fellowship in 2018.  Her solo work, “May Malas Sa Loob Pero May Datating Pa,” explores the horrors and pains of a fragmented and maladaptive Pilipinx psyche in its process of decolonization.  It has been shown at Work Up 4.0 Gibney Dance, Minka Brooklyn, and the Hemispheric Institute.

  • Amanda Adams-Louis

    Amanda Adams-Louis aka Lafotographeuse a photo-based artist, street dance scholar, cultural producer, youth mentor, arts educator and curriculum developer. Her teaching pedagogy is influenced by her experiences as a “third culture kid” growing up between Europe, the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Lafotographeuse earned a BFA in Photography with a double minor in Graphic Design and Art History from Pratt Institute. She is an alumna of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Lafotographeuse has exhibited her artwork at Union Theological Seminary, Brooklyn Museum, CCCADI, Aljira Open Ateliers Zo (Amsterdam) and Deep Side Center (Paris.) Her photographs have appeared on the pages of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, ARTnews, Canada Arts Connect, Dance Delight Japan, Huffington Post and Time Out NY. She has received photography.  Lafotographeuse is excited to join Marquis Studios teaching artist roster for the 2018-19 school year.

  • Laine Barton

    Laine Barton, a theater, puppetry and circus artist, joyfully weaves theater, puppetry, movement and/or circus with a focus on literacy, social studies, and social justice into her residencies. Her programs, Last Night I dreamed the Circus, Mime Matters, The Science of Circus, Convince Me and The Brooklyn Bridge, among others, combine these elements into fun-filled, structured curricular experiences centered on the needs of students from early childhood into middle school. Laine’s theatrical and circus performances include the Kimtom Festival in Shanghai, China, summer fairs in the Western States, and locally for Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Metropolitan Opera, TV’s All My Children, and the Big Apple Circus CCU (was on staff for 14 years). Her shows “Why Read..” and “Grandpa’s Unicorn” can be seen at theaters, libraries and schools throughout the N.Y and N.J. area. Laine has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2014.