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.
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.
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.
Jon Dykstra is a multi-faceted musician, actor, and instructor, with many years of experience working with children of all ages. He is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and a member of Actors Equity with numerous stage credits in and out of the New York area. As a pianist and singer, he performs frequently, whether collaborating with artists in musical theater, singing in choirs, or playing in bands. He cares deeply about working with children, giving them a creative outlet to explore music and theater of various cultures, and instilling within them a lifetime love for music and theater.
Danny Evans is a graduate of Montclair College. He has been teaching circus arts at both the elementary and college levels for almost ten years. Founder of the entertainment company TotallyZany, he is a multi-skilled clown, juggler and balloon sculptor.