ABOUT US

Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-­in­‐education services to 150 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 460,000 students, 26,000 teachers and 15,000 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:

  • Core curriculum 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 83 professional teaching artists whom specialize in a variety of disciplines. If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Artist visit our careers page.

  • Amy Beth Wright

    Amy Beth teaches creative movement, storytelling, and yoga, and often integrates movement and story in an interdisciplinary approach. She studied Dance and English at Oberlin College and received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Amy Beth strives to develop an understanding of her students as individuals, and to create a fun and safe space for all to find comfort and take risks in being expressive. From 2002 to 2008 she directed Thread Dance Theater, which produced the annual Brooklyn Dance Sampler. Her autobiographical writing has appeared in various literary magazines, and she additionally teaches with BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Community Word Project, and The Creators Collective. Amy Beth has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2004.