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.

  • Claire Vercruyssen

    Claire Vercruyssen is a second generation circus performer. Growing up in Westchester, she helped run her family’s successful circus arts camp and performed throughout the New York area. She graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in dance and studied at the well known FSU High Flying Circus. Her focus was juggling, unicycling, tight-wire and Spanish web. After graduation, she worked with the Big Apple Circus in their after school programs and became a circus instructor at Westchester Circus Arts. She has worked in many circus and summer programs in the New York area and wants to share her passion of teaching life skills such as trust building and teamwork to children using circus skills.
  • Ana Cantorán Viramontes

    Ana Cantorán is a theater artist and educator based in Brooklyn NY, she holds an MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Dramatic Arts from BUAP in Puebla Mexico. Her original work has been presented in many festivals in North and Central America, Europe and northern Africa. Obtaining awards for best play in Morocco and Saint Louis. She is the co-artistic Director of Nekyia Theatre and enjoys working the art Department for film production.

    As an educator Ana has worked with diverse populations from pre-k to 12 in New York and Mexico public and private schools teaching theater, puppets, art and storytelling.

  • Amy Beth Wright

    Amy Beth teaches creative movement, storytelling, cultural and folk dance, 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 creates a fun and safe space for all students to find comfort and take risks in being expressive. She has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2005.