ABOUT US

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.

OUR TEACHING ARTISTS

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.

  • Kelindah Schuster

    Kelindah Schuster is a performing and visual artist and arts educator who values creative play, collaborative storytelling, and celebration of difference! They grew up in Indonesia and Singapore and received their BA in Drama from Vassar College. Kelindah has taught in Singapore, Mumbai, Normandy, and Poughkeepsie and has worked in NYC as a teaching artist with the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Child’s Play NY, and Recess Dumbo.

  • Jenny Seaquist

    With over 30 years of experience, Jenny Seaquist creates theatre with students ages 4 to 84 with a wide variety of learning abilities and backgrounds. She passionately believes in using the arts and socio emotional learning theories to facilitate education of all kinds in all settings. Listed as an Advisor on the NYC Theater Blueprint, she designed curriculum for the national Phillip Morris initiative -The Sidewalk Arts Program and NYCHA among others. In collaboration with NYU she designed and ran a two year arts-in-literacy residency at Salk Middle School. Jenny has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2014.

  • Cecilia Smith

    As a professional composer, recording artist and multimedia artist, Cecilia Smith has been granted a number of commissions and grants for her composing abilities. She is a Joyce Award recipient, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recipient and the New York State Council of the Arts recipient. Cecilia is also an avid MIDI music programmer. She is currently one of the leading vibraphonists of Four-Mallet Technique, in the United States. Smith is also the first woman to release recorded work on the vibraphone on a national and international level where she has 6 CD’s released as a leader and co-leader. She has performed in concert halls, universities, and festivals throughout the world. Some of the most noted artists that Cecilia has performed and recorded with are: Donald Harrison, Greg Osby, Gary Bartz, Mulgrew Miller, Cassandra Wilson, Amina Claudine Myers and Marian McPartland’s – National Public Radio’s (NPR) – Piano Jazz. As a teaching artist Cecilia has developed therapeutic music programs for children, teens, and adults for a variety of social service facilities. She is a graduate and former faculty member of Berklee College of Music. Cecilia has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2014.