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.

  • Samantha Tufferelli

    Samantha has been dancing since she was 2 ½ . She trained for 16 years at Andrea’s Dance Studio in the Bronx where she was born and raised and was part of their competition company. She also was a cheerleader since the age of 6, and continued to be part of a very competitive team in high school that participated in UCA Nationals. Upon graduating from high school, she continued her dancing career in college as a member of the Fairfield University’s Dance Team. As captain of the team, she choreographed routines for both the men and women’s basketball games, and led her team to the UDA (Universal Dance Association) competition in Walt Disney World. She also played an important role, as both participant and choreographer, for Fairfield University’s Dance Ensemble, which is a student run program. Samantha enjoyed her passion for dance on a professional level as a member of the NJ Devils Hockey Dance Team, a dancer in Kat DeLuna’s “Drop it Low” music video, and as a back up dancer for Shaggy. She spreads her passion for dance by teaching competition classes at dance studios in New York and to children part of the NY public school system. She also teaches adults in Manhattan through Banana Skirt Productions. While Dance is a huge part of her life she spends the remainder of her time pursuing her acting career in TV and Film!

  • Tanya Turgeon

    Tanya got her professional start as an actress and juggler with the “Green Team” juggling show at HersheyPark. She then spent three years performing circus and comedy improv aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines before docking in New York City and joining Big Apple Circus as a Circus After School instructor  in 2008. Tanya served communities in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn as both Head Instructor and eventually Coordinator of CAS until the close of Big Apple Circus at the end of 2016. Tanya has clowned in China, juggled on the TV show Sesame Street, stilt walked in several Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades, directed an award-winning juggling show at HersheyPark, and continues to perform and teach circus tricks  around the Big Apple and beyond.

  • Julieta Valera

    Julieta Varela grew up in Harlem and Washington Heights, as a 1st generation Brazilian New Yorker. Her artwork meditates on natural and urban sanctuaries, primarily incorporating drawing, painting and repurposed materials into sculptural and 2-dimensional assemblages. As an art educator, Julieta teaches mindfulness during her process based mixed media art lessons, that encourages her students to explore materials to create various forms of expression. By combining methods for observational art making and explorative process based techniques, her aim is for students to broaden their range of skills to empower their self expression. Interdisciplinary subjects are incorporated into her lessons, including eco-consciousness, meditation, art history and social justice. Julieta studied Studio Art and Art History at Hunter College. She loves nature and spends as much time as possible surrounded by it within and outside of the city.