Our Story

1982
Love at first sight

Butch Grier and Patricia Ripley met at Captain Nemo’s

1984
A lifelong career takes off

The studios on West 72nd St. opened with Patricia Ripley as the manager. They would become our first location.

1987
Our company is born

Patricia and Butch incorporated as New York Spaces.

1989
The first employee

The couple hired their first employee, Jorge Rojas. He still works for the company.

1990
Second location opens

New studios were opened at 939 8th Avenue

1999
New name, new headquarters

The company became Ripley-Grier Studios. The location on 520 8th Avenue became the new headquarters.

2002
Growing up and up

The studios on the 17th floor of the 520 8th avenue location were built.

2003
A creative oasis

Patricia took charge of decorating all the studios following Feng Shui principles

2006

Butch’s Cafe Oasis began operations at 520 8th Avenue

2010

New voice over studios were added on the 10th floor of 520 8th Avenue

2012
The best in town

Ripley-Grier Studios celebrated 25 years and was voted #1 in the Backstage Reader’s Choice awards for the 5th year in a row

2017
Third decade

The company turned 30, and 305 West 38th St. became its 4th location, including two performance spaces in addition to studios

2018
Not slowing down

Our new website was launched. Our company now consists of 92 studios across four locations in Manhattan, and counting...