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.

  • Siobhan Cavanagh

    Education Liaison

    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!



  • Vassili Shishkin

    Financial Manager

    Vassili Shishkin has graduated Hartwick College with an Economics degree. He has experience in almost every department of the company. Currently he is the Financial Manager. His previous work experience was primarily in Internet and Computer Technology­‐related fields. His other interests include cooking, making music, riding bikes and preparing for his cross­‐country and cross South American motorcycle trips.



  • 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.