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.
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.
Molly McGaughey is a filmmaker, performer and teaching artist based out of NYC.
She has taught filmmaking and acting for film at The New York Film Academy and taught numerous creative arts programs over the years. Her film work has won multiple international festival awards and screened in Manhattan, Brooklyn, London, Austin, Los Angeles, Portland, and New Zealand and has been showcased on Funnyordie, and Backstage.com. Her comedic writing and performance work has been featured at the People’s Improv Theatre and QED Astoria and was selected twice for the PIT’s annual Solocom Festival.
Lee is an architectural designer, a design educator and an English language teacher. Lee received his Master of Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2009. Lee has designed at various scales, from small objects to large building projects. What he loves most with architecture, is to design following the concept, less is more and to use architecture to direct us towards harmony with nature and mindful lifestyle. He believes the process of design can be a very informative tool and provides a way of thinking that can be applied to all art forms and can even help us improve the way we live. He has interests in exploring various modes of expression simultaneously, as one medium is not ideal for all people. He is a musician, practices theatre/improve, makes short films, draws and water color paints. Lee wishes to explore ideas and art with students to encourage a perspective of life that reminds us why learning and knowledge is fun and is something to cherish.
Renata Melillo Townsend is a performer, educator and applied theater practitioner that has worked in arts education for over 15 years. She has performed and taught internationally with the likes of The New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Education, Opening Act, Lincoln Center Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Park Avenue Armory, CENTERSTAGE, Co/LAB and Circle in the Square Theatre School. She is a performer and The Head of Enrichment for Trusty Sidekick Theater Company and serves on the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She has facilitated applied theater workshops at the Doe Fund and Hour Children, job development programs for people who are homeless and who have been affected by the criminal justice system. She holds a BFA in Acting from University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master’s Degree in Applied Theater from City University of New York, School of Professional Studies.