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David Marquis (1955-2017)

The Marquis Studios staff mourns the loss of our beloved leader and friend David Marquis.


David Marquis founded Marquis Studios in 1977 and served as the Executive Director until 2017. He brought to his work as an educator his considerable experience as a theater artist of many capacities. David began his artistic career in London, where he studied and taught acting for five years. From 1985-1989, he sat on the Board of Directors for the Puppetry Guild of New York. From 1988-1990, he was a site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts theater program. From 1992-2000, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Arts in Education Round table. He was a founding member of the Association of Teaching Artists and sat on the Board of Trustees of Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute from 2005-2014 as well as the Board of Directors of the Delaware College of Art and Design 2010-2014. As a puppeteer, he toured the United States and had been placed prominently in many international festivals. As a Teaching Artist for 38 years, David taught numerous classroom and professional development workshops. Subjects include puppetry, architecture, theater arts, writing, video editing, literacy, and mask-making. In the late 1970s, his work with video and computergenerated images of his own design was the first integration of this technology into Puppet Theater in the United States.


On Sunday, November 12, 2017, David Marquis passed away due to health complications. David’s work lives on through the students, teachers and parents served by the many programs offered by Marquis Studios.