Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-in‐education services to 130 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 employs 83 professional teaching artists whom specialize in a variety of disciplines. If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Artist visit our careers page.
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.
Kimberly M. Becoat is a contemporary mixed media artist whose work is a stylistic abstraction and investigation of materials. Kimberly has also been featured in a number of exhibits including her solo exhibition, New Abstractions at Essie Green Galleries, MoCADA Museum (The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts), as well as the Deutsche Bank in New York City. Kimberly’s work has been exhibited in other art institutions such as: Scope (New York , NY), Respond at Smack Mellon Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Pattern Recognition, MoCADA Museum, and I KAN DO THAT: Contemporary Abstract Art, at Rush Arts Gallery. She has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2014.
Chris Bell is originally from San Antonio, Texas. He attended Case Western Reserve University with the help of a fully funded graduate fellowship, earning a MFA in Contemporary Dance. He completed his undergraduate work at Texas Christian University and Lamar University earning degrees in Dance and Geology. He is currently choreographic and directorial assistant to Mark Dendy as well as a member of Mark Dendy Projects, serves as Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist for Gaspard&Dancers and performs with Eryc Taylor Dance. He was the resident choreographer for the American Theater of Harlem, has created pieces for the Collegiate Churches of New York and The Mather Dance Collective which brought people aged 8-80 of various skill level and socioeconomic status together to create and perform new dances. In addition to performing and choreographing he has taught for Pascal Rioult Dance NY, DanceNow/NYC, and TADA! Youth Theaters.