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

  • 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.


  • Sarah Ory

    Director of Development

    Sarah Ory began her career in arts education in 2002, and has experience with multiple nonprofits who work within the public school system. In addition to years of leadership positions in development, Sarah holds a BA in Studio Art, a MS in Nonprofit Management, and occasionally teaches graduate courses on nonprofit administration. She is the founder of the Heirloom Foundation, has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and as a Support Committee member for the Arts for All Abilities Consortium. Currently, Sarah combines her background in the arts with her experience in the nonprofit sector to further the mission of Marquis Studios through her role as Director of Development.



  • Siobhan Cavanagh

    Arts Partnership Manager

    Siobhan is delighted to be serving as an Education Liaison with Marquis Studios! She has a passion for exploring a wide diversity of art forms and loves to share that passion with others. As an arts educator and administrator, Siobhan has seen the impact of art making and creative expression and strives to make this experience accessible to all students! Originally beginning her career in filmmaking, Siobhan studied Film Production and Theater at Ithaca College and was part of the inaugural class of the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. This has shaped Siobhan’s approach to arts education which incorporates both process and theory. She has been involved with a variety of organizations including the New York International Children’s Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, BRIC, The Little Animation Studio, Geek Forest, and Teachers College of Columbia. She has a passion for exploring a diversity of artistic forms and is always finding a new project to dive into!