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.

  • Charlotte Gapp

    Charlotte Gapp is a visual artist who works primarily with Pre-K to 8th graders in a variety mediums and projects, including African Marketplace Project and arts for students with Special Needs and Autism. She received her BFA in Painting and Art History from The Rhode Island School of Design/ European Honors Rome. Charlotte has worked as a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2007.




  • Caleb van Gelder

    Caleb van Gelder is a drummer and percussionist focusing on jazz, world, experimental, and electronic music as a composer, collaborator, and educator. He has developed a prolific career as a performer and educator, having performed with the likes of Carole King, Camila Meza, Ryan Keberle, and Azar Lawrence, while maintaining a fervent and diverse teaching schedule the past 9 years. His music education experience includes directing general music and concert band programs at Sussex School and Seeley Lake Elementary in Montana, working with special needs children with Center for Music by People with Disabilities program, in Missoula, MT, as well as private piano and percussion lessons with youth and adults alike. Caleb’s education work focuses on a vast range of topics, including general and world music studies, concert band, choir, West African drumming, Latin percussion, and electronic music production. Caleb has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2016.

  • Mara Jill Herman

    Mara Jill Herman is a performer, teaching artist, published author, and Backstage Expert. Her developmental/regional highlights include The Band’s Visit (Playwrights Horizons), Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Company), and Sam’s Room (Theatre Barn’s Impact Award). Favorite productions include On The Town (Hildy), Rent (Maureen), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), and the international tours of Disney On Classic and Jesus Christ Superstar. She originated roles at La Mama, FringeNYC, and frequently collaborates with songwriters at BMI, Prospect Theater Company, and NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. Mara is an adjudicator for the National YoungArts Foundation and the 2011 recipient of the Young Alumni Service Award from University Of The Arts. She is a new member of America’s Sweethearts, the all-female vintage trio.