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.

  • 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.

  • Erica Rooney

    Erica Rooney is a visual artist and poet; explorations and pleasures of the material world – everything from beetles, lapis lazuli and dust to shards of rusted metal – drive both her poetry and her art. Her work with teachers and students as a Master Teaching Artist and licensed Creative Arts Therapist infuses her pedagogical philosophy with practical wisdom and innovative vision. She is a Curriculum Designer/Writer, Professional Development Facilitator and Coach. She has worked with all ages and in varied settings: Montessori, HeadStart, public and private schools, colleges, private practice and family work. She currently works with Marquis Studios as a Master Teaching Artist and mentor in TATI, the Teaching Artist Training Institute. She is also a Co-Curriculum Writer and Lead Teaching Artist in the EASE program, Everyday Arts for Special Education. Both of these programs provide both Professional Development for teachers as well as in-class implementation of the methodologies and principles demonstrated in the PD workshops. Erica is a founding member of The Arts in Special Ed Consortium (ASEC). Erica has an MFA in Poetry from Cornell University and an MPS in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute. She has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2005.

  • Ciara Ruddock

    Ciara Ruddock is a contemporary artist earning her MFA specializing in oil painting from the Marchutz School in France. Her primary interest lies in abstraction and gestural expression. Ciara is passionate about inclusive art education and has worked with various special needs programs around the country. She has also spent time teaching in France and works additionally as a teaching artist at the Children’s Museum of Fine Art New York.