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.

  • 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.



  • Michael Repole

    Operations Associate

    Michael’s initial interest in the nonprofit sector began after he joined his college’s chapter of Amnesty International. Upon graduating from the University at Buffalo with a BA in History & Political Science, Michael embarked on a year long AmeriCorps program in New York City. As a Civic Corps member, Michael helped build volunteer capacity for a variety of programming at an arts nonprofit serving healthcare facilities and public schools alike. He is incredibly excited to join the Marquis Studios team and help make the arts more accessible to all.


  • 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.