Meet the CEO of Level Up Studios: Mario Quinn Lyles

Mario Quinn Lyles is a Dancer, Educator, Hip Hop Recording Artist, and visual/ media artist. As a dancer he has taught at various dance studios including Pittsburgh Heat, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Millennium Dance Complex, Los Sabrosos Dance Co. and Evolve Dance Complex in Cranberry Twp. Lyles has served as a youth Choreographer for We Rock Workshop, a residency program led by Liz Berlin of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root. Currently, Lyles is the Project Coordinator for the Creative Learning Transformative Evaluation conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education in partnership with the Heinz Endowments.




He is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Level Up Studios, a creative arts studio in Penn Avenues arts district, committed to enriching the artistic & academic experiences of African American youth in the city through dance, visual arts and music. Lyles is a cohort member of KST’s Penn Ave Creative Fellowship 2014-15; a 2017-18 Heinz Fellow through The University Of Pittsburgh School Of Education, Center For Urban Education; and a recipient of NSR’s 2017 Transformative Teaching Artist Award. Most notably, he was a speaker at SXSW EDU 2018 on Panel 'Dance in Urban Education' where he discussed the impact of dance and creative arts in urban classrooms.


Mario Quinn Lyles, CEO of Level Up Studios