Marques is an operatically-trained vocalist, theatre artist, and accidental techie who has been telling stories for as long as he can remember. He began singing professionally in the late aughts, and after a particularly meaningful Passover seder, began an artistic and spiritual exploration of their identities as a Queer, Black, and Jewish person. So far, this exploration has revealed original music, niggunim, prose, and an original theatre piece called Go Down, Moshe. It also reinforced Marques’ fundamental belief that Jewish practice and ritual is an expansive container capable of holding all of our parts.
Marques has had the distinct honor and privilege to facilitate spiritual experiences for communities across North and was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Union for Reform Judaism’s JewV’Nation fellowship, a LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture fellow, and a 2018 honoree of the New York Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 list.
Marques received maggidic ordination from Maggidah Devorah and Rabbi David Zaslow after completing a two year course of study, and is a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In his spare time, you can find Marques taking circus and aerial classes, playing dodgeball with Stonewall Sports, serving on the board of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, and dreaming about playing the Baker in Into The Woods. For more information about Marques and what they’re up to, check out: www.marqueshollie.com.