Dr. Marguerite Mariama is an artist and educator who specializes in African American Musical Culture. 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. Her numerous acting credits include both television and film. For over 10 years, as a professor in the New York City University system (CUNY) she used her innovative instructional methodology – Performance Pedagogy® - which integrates the arts and educational psychology with academic subjects - to train both teachers and students. Dr. Mariama is the founder and president of From The Inside Out Inc., a performing arts production and consulting firm that has provided assistance to numerous organizations including, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Ravinia Festival, The Urban League, The UNCF, The Head Start Association, and The Cosby Show. She was an advisor to the PBS documentary on the history of the blues, produced by director Martin Scorsese – and made a cameo appearance in one of the segments. Dr. Mariama is a Southern Illinois University Distinguished Alumni award recipient and an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Education.