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.

  • Janice Patrignani

    Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, and Art. She received her K-12 New York State Art Teaching Certification in 1994 from the Bank Street College of Education/Parsons School of Design. Since 1995 she has been developing and teaching workshops that she customizes to fit with school curriculum needs in any one of her many areas of media expertise which include: watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; fiber arts; bookmaking; paper transformations, and ceramic sculpture. Her goal as an arts educator is to encourage self-esteem in her students by giving them a means of expression for their unique way of seeing the world. Trained in Dr. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s Theory her workshops provide an environment that celebrates each child’s individual strengths, a place where children are inspired to explore, discover, and learn. Janice has received several grants for both her arts in education programs and for her mixed media and ceramic sculpture, which has been exhibited throughout the Tri-state area. She has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2012.

  • Michael R. Piazza

    Michael is an actor and director with a degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He has taught professional acting technique as a faculty member at the Atlantic Acting School and an adjunct professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.  He is also proud teaching artist, teaching theater and improvisation in all five boroughs through a number of organizations since 2004.  He is passionate about bringing the arts to students with all abilities.  As an actor and director he has worked with Woodshed Collective, the Atlantic, as well as regionally in Washington DC.

  • Sarah Provost

    Sarah Provost has been a Teaching Artist in the New York City Public Schools since 1998 conducting puppetry, mask and theater residencies with K – 5th grade students in all five boroughs. Sarah’s work with students ignites collaboration combining visual arts skills and character work, with storytelling and performance. As a professional actor and puppeteer, Sarah Provost has been creating and performing in works for puppetry for over 20 years. She has performed in many theaters in New York City, including The New Victory Theater, PS 122, The Vineyard Theater, La Mama, Arts at St. Ann’s, the Culture Project, Here Arts Center and Theater for a New City. She has also toured nationally and internationally. Sarah’s professional work has been awarded grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Jim Henson Foundation and she is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Sarah Provost has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 1998.