Marienne Thomas is a multi-talented painter, playwright, actress, choir director, praise dance choreographer, and youth leader, bringing her passionate, outgoing, and energetic personality to all that she undertakes. Marienne came to Bailey’s Café as a volunteer in the fall of 2007, while she was pursuing her undergraduate degree, and quickly became our lead teaching artist. After a three year absence, Marienne has re-joined our team of teaching artists. Currently, she is the lead teacher for our fourth and fifth grade girls arts-based rites of passage after school program as well as the lead teacher for the girls and vocal teacher for our arts-based rites of passage summer program. Her experiences with Bailey’s Café continue to deepened her understanding of her own creative talents and, in turn, her commitment to Bailey’s Cafe growth and sustainability. Marienne earned a degree in Communications from the College of Staten Island.