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.

  • 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.

  • Nate Speare

    Nate Speare, is a vocal artist, storyteller, and teaching artist. His work uses theatre and the human voice as a vehicle for self-empowerment and self-realization. He received his MFA from Naropa University, performed with PanTheatre in France and has trained with the program, “EASE” for students on the autism spectrum. Nate has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2015.

  • Maria Spizuoco

    Maria Spizuoco has been teaching dance for over five years. She began studying West African dance with Assane Badji in New Paltz NY over ten years ago, and has more recently studied and taught creative movement, modern improvisational dance, Latin, Bellydance, and Bollywood and Bhangra forms. Maria received her BA in Women’s studies from SUNY New Paltz in 1995, and in 2009, received her Master’s degree in Dance Education at Temple University in Philadelphia. Maria also loves teaching her “Global Dance” movement class to adults which encourages communication, self-expression, and fun! When not dancing, you can find Maria walking, enjoying delicious meals with friends and family, and reading a good book about various spiritual practices. Maria has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2014.