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.

  • Juan Bellia

    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

    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 Brock

    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.