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.

  • Nathaniel Vito

    Nathaniel is a musician, composer and sound designer living in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches music, animation, and visual arts, and loves working with special needs students. He graduated from NYU, where he studied Jazz Performance and played the vibraphone. He also plays piano and percussion, and collaborates with animators, filmmakers, poets and artists. He loves combining sound and visual arts.

  • Hank Wagner

    Hank “Coyote” Wagner is a professionally trained actor, self-taught musician, engineer, producer, and a veteran Teaching Artist with over 25 years as a practitioner in the NYC school system. He has facilitated creative arts projects in Drama, Music, Language Arts, and Technology with literally thousands of students in the New York City area in both general and special education.  

    In recent years Hank has become well know for his digital media and production residencies, as well as for facilitating dynamic and captivating Professional Development Workshops with teachers and administrators alike.


  • Sharron Lynn Williams

    Sharron Lynn is a native of Miami, FL where she trained in all forms of dance.  She attended Florida State University and finished with two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Applied Economics and the other in Interdisciplinary Social Science. Upon graduation, Sharron became a member of Spectrum Dance Theater under artistic director and Tony nominated choreographer, Donald Byrd. Her diverse background and training has also afforded her opportunities such as being a principal dancer in Scary Movie 5, touring the US and Canada as a dancer/singer in Disney’s The Lion King, and working with recording artists such as Usher and Santigold. She played the role of Cinderella at Lincoln Center in the Little Orchestra Society’s production of Cinderella and is also a featured dancer in the HBO series Vinyl as well as the Netflix Original Series The Get Down. She has over 12 years of experience teaching various workshops and master classes across the US.