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.

  • Graham Doby

    Graham Doby is drummer/composer living in New York City. He is a regularly performing musician and has played and shared the stage with many reputable artists such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Trombone Shorty, Antibalas and The Impressions. He has played many reputable venues including The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, and the Lincoln Theater. TheWashington City Paper described his drumming as “tremendously agile with a general mainstream sound.” In addition to his many different musical projects, Doby also has a strong passion for teaching. He teaches group classes as well as privately and always enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of music to students eager to learn. Graham has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2015.

  • Ana Dominguez

    Born in the beautiful islands of the Dominican Republic and a native of Miami, Florida, Ana Dominguez began her dance education with Mrs. Traci Young-Byron at the age of 4 and continued her training at The Addiction Dance Co., now known as The Young Contemporary Dance Theater. Ana recently graduated from the University of Florida, with a B.F.A in Dance and a specialization in Costume Design with high Cum Laude honors. Ana interned with the National Dance Institute in Harlem, New York and has trained with many professionals from all over the world who have come in as residents for the university’s Dance program. She moved to New York City to pursue her passion for dance and is ecstatic to be in her element and devote herself to empowering younger generations through the arts. Ana Dominguez has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2014.

  • Dawn Drake

    Dawn Drake is a singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. She has studied in West Africa, Cuba and Brazil and plays Bass, Congas and Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion with many artists in New York. She is most known for her band “Dawn Drake & ZapOte” an original “world beat meets samba and funk ensemble” who plays for music and dance loving crowds throughout the east coast, Europe and beyond. Dawn has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2014.