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.
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.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan studied harmony and composition, choir direction, and modern recording techniques at the Buenos Aires Conservatory of Music. Juan also studied musical therapy, teaching techniques for children and adults, and audio perception at the Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires). He has composed, arranged, produced, and performed for the biggest names in Argentine popular music. In 1995 he composed and produced music and songs for a children’s TV show and was awarded Best Children’s CD by the A.C.E (Association of Show Business Reporters of Argentina). Juan started his teaching career in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1994 teaching music workshops for grades 2 through 6. Juan Bellia has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2004.
Katherine Bourbeau is a photographer, digital media specialist and teaching artist. She loves introducing students of all ages to the art and science of digital photography, teaching literacy, collaboration and professional media skills along the way. Katherine teaches digital photography, documentary studies and website design to children and adults at art centers in New York City, and as a teaching artist for Magic Box Productions. As a photography editor, she has worked for many media clients, including Time and Life magazines, ABC News and the New York Times. Katherine studied photography with Emmet Gowin at Princeton University, at the Visual Studies Workshop and at the International Center of Photography. She has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2015.
Susanna is an educator, theater maker, actor and storyteller who believes in the transformative powers of the arts. She immensely enjoys working with young people, sparking and developing their love for music, theater and storytelling. With an expertise in early childhood she has had the opportunity to create magic and develop creative ideas and stories with countless children and families across the globe. As a performer Susanna strives to authentically connect with her audience whether it is through jazz singing or performing original theater for the very young with her company Spellbound Theatre. As a native Swede, born and raised in Sweden, she came to the U.S. in 2008 to study jazz singing at The City College of New York in Harlem. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in jazz vocal studies and during college she had already started her work as a teaching artist. Susanna has performed as a singer all over the city at different bars and concert venues. You can also see her throughout the year at The Old Stone House in Park Slope performing her own original theater works for children ages 0-5.