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.


Marquis Studios administrative staff is comprised of thirteen employees with occasional help from interns and volunteers.

  • Elise Reynard

    Education Liasion

    Elise Reynard is thrilled to be an Education Liaison with Marquis Studio! Elise has taught theatre, dance, urban exploring, food anthropology and many other creative classes to approximately 700 NYC students annually. As an arts administrator, she has facilitated in-school and after school partnerships and finds relationships between the students, teaching artists, school administrators, and the arts education team to be vital to children’s growth.  She has trained new teaching artists and is very hands-on with her schools.  Working in the New York City arts education world for 9 years, Elise has seen how transformative the arts can be for students at every stage of learning.  Born in England, raised in Boston, and years living in the Southwest and West Coast have kept Elise adaptable and curious.  Her exposure to art in all of these places has opened up her mind and heart to new artistic possibilities…and has kept her craving a lot of snacks from all over. In her free time, Elise sings, dances, and hangs out with her dog. She has a BA in Acting with a minor in Dance from The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and studied Shakespeare Performance at the British American Dramatic Academy.  The arts are AWESOME!!! She is a proud Member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity.


  • Amoy Mclean

    Director of Programming

    Amoy Mclean is ecstatic to be a member of the Marquis Studios team and brings with her several years of experience in the Arts, Education,Non-Profit and Management fields. Born on the beautiful Island of Jamaica she studied at the University of the West Indies where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts and accredits her love for the arts to her high school years. Acting on her commitment to the non-profit sector she has worked with several organizations on projects targeting youth and community development. Amoy strongly believes in the transformative power of education and developing diverse learning agendas that enables students to successfully achieve their goals. Staying true to her passion for empowering children to see beyond their circumstances and live the creative and colorful lives they envision makes Marquis Studios the perfect professional home for her. Striving to live a fearless and fulfilling life she embraces new experiences and enjoys reading, travelling and writing.


  • Shanon Traviss

    Program Associate

    Shanon is thrilled to be working at Marquis Studios as the Assistant to the Program Manger.  She received her Bachelors Degree from the University at Albany where her focus was both Art and Art History.  She later went on to study Creative Arts Therapy and Creativity Development at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  Shannon brings experience in both administration and education, and a passion for the arts and nonprofit art world.  In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and baking cookies.