Dr. Marguerite Mariama is a performing artist and educator who believes in limitless possibilities at any age. Versed in the performing arts trifecta – dance, music and theater, every performance is infused with the emotions of hard won – but beautiful – life lessons. With numerous acting credits that include television, film, commercials and theatre, she has won critical acclaim on New York City stages in both ensemble and solo productions. Her work as a voiceover artist and print model has been heard and seen in numerous commercial ads. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA). She has been a musical guest on television shows that include BET Jazz – and co-produced, hosted and performed in the Sounds of Sikia music series for WYCC-TV (PBS) in Chicago. She has both national and international experience as a big band and small ensemble jazz and blues vocalist and has appeared in music festivals throughout the country. A veteran dancer and choreographer who took her early training from dance luminaries such as Katherine Dunham and Livinia Williams, she has performed with Charles Moore's Dancers and Drummers of Africa and was invited to teach master classes in Europe. For close to 10 years, as a professor in the New York City University System (CUNY), she used her innovative arts and education methodology – Performance Pedagogy® - to train students and parents, and as a learning strategy for classroom teachers. Dr. Mariama is the founder and president of From The Inside Out Inc., a performing arts consulting firm, and Tomorrow’s Village, Inc. (501c3), a curriculum-based performing arts and education production company. Marguerite was a contributor to “The Blues” a PBS documentary on the history of blues music, produced by director, Martin Scorsese – and made a cameo appearance in director, Marc Levin’s segment on Chicago Blues (Godfathers and Sons). Dr. Mariama is a Southern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts (CoLa) Distinguished Alumni award recipient, and an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar – who holds a Ph.D. in Performance Education.