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.

Founded in 1977, Marquis Studios has served over 460,000 students, 26,000 teachers and 15,000 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:

  • Core curriculum 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 83 professional teaching artists whom specialize in a variety of disciplines. If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Artist visit our careers page.

  • Chris Bell

    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.

  • Kate Bell

    Kate Bell is a playwright, director, singer/songwriter, and teacher. Her plays have been read or produced in NYC by the Downtown Urban Theater Festival at HERE Arts Center, the Culture Project, Red Fern Theatre Company, Theater for a New City, New Perspectives Theatre, Random Access Theatre, Manhattan Theater Source, Theatre for the New Economy, and at Baruch College. Past honors include the Audience Award at the 2015 DUTF, a 2012 SPARC grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, membership in New Perspectives Theatre’s Women’s Work Lab, as well as two Hopwood Awards and a Farrar Fund Grant at the University of Michigan, where she earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She founded the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy Theater Ensemble in 2005, and directed nineteen productions there during her nine-year tenure. Kate Bell has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2006.


  • Juan Bellia

    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan studied harmony and composition, choir direction, and modern recording techniques at the Buenos Aires Conservatory of Music. Juan also studied musical therapy, teaching techniques for children and adults, and audio perception at the Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires). He has composed, arranged, produced, and performed for the biggest names in Argentine popular music. In 1995 he composed and produced music and songs for a children’s TV show and was awarded Best Children’s CD by the A.C.E (Association of Show Business Reporters of Argentina). Juan started his teaching career in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1994 teaching music workshops for grades 2 through 6. Juan Bellia has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2004.