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.

  • Amy Appleton

    Director of Education

    Amy Appleton received her BA in Studio Art and Spanish from Muhlenberg College and her MA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Amy has over 10 years of experience as a visual arts teaching artist with youth and families in schools, fine arts studios, community centers, playgrounds, and faith-based organizations. In NYC, she worked with the Center for Arts Education, Free Arts NYC, and currently writes and leads tours for families at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Curious Minds Tours. Amy has worked in the education departments of multiple urban arts non-profits: ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, PA; the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD where she served a year in AmeriCorps; CITYarts in NYC, and Free Arts NYC where she spent 5 years developing programs for youth and leading professional development workshops for arts mentors and instructors. She is also a musician and performs in the NY Flute Club’s Ensemble Program and the Trinity Handbell Choir in Astoria. Amy has been a lifelong advocate for arts education and is excited to join the team at Marquis Studios in 2016.


  • Justin Daniel

    Professional Development Specialist

    Justin Daniel is a New York City based theatre artist and educator.


    As the Professional Development Specialist at Marquis Studios, Justin works with a dynamic ensemble of Teaching Artists to foster best practices and innovations as the field of arts education continues to expand.  As a Teaching Artist, Justin maintains longterm partnerships with The New Victory Theatre, Disney Theatricals, Opening Act NY, and Classic Stage Company, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the NYC Arts In Education Roundtable.


    Justin’s performance credits span theatre, film, and television including NBC’s Ed, Comedy Central’s Strangers With Candy, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, numerous stage credits across the country, and is a recipient of the Backstage Bistro Award for his solo performance work.  Justin is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.


    Justin holds a BA in Directing and Education for Theatre from the CUNY Baccalaureate program and a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. Justin lives in Brooklyn with his husband and two children.


  • Ashley Tucker

    Operations Manager

    Ashley is honored to join Marquis Studios as Operations Manager. She holds a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. She has non-profit work experience in operations management, fundraising, project budgets, media marketing, and event planning. As a consultant in New York City, she has worked collaboratively with both non-profit organizations and private companies. She developed strategic recommendations ranging from systematic improvements to potential investment opportunities for clients. As Operations Manager, Ashley is excited to contribute to the Marquis Studios mission to foster real transformational change in NYC public schools through arts education and engagement.