Meet Our Team

Patricia Ripley
Founder / CEO
An expert in Feng Shui, she designs every studio following its principles. Read her column in our newsletter.

Fun Fact:

While working as a bartender and nightclub manager on the Jersey Shore, she helped to discover Bruce Springsteen and produced his first concert.
Patricia Ripley
Founder / CEO
Butch Grier
Founder / COO
Before co-founding our company, he worked doing stunts, acting, directing, dancing, and producing off-Broadway.

Fun Fact:

After serving in Vietnam, he followed his dream of traveling with The Tournament of Thrills Mustang Auto Daredevils and the Super Stars Auto Thrill Show.
Butch Grier
Founder / COO
Stas Iavorski
General Manager
Originally from Latvia, Stas has been working at Ripley-Grier Studios since 1999.

Fun Fact:

In his spare time he enjoys going to the beach.
Stas Iavorski
General Manager
John Norman
Director of Operations
John is a musician and composer. Some of his music can be found in his website.

Fun Fact:

He also maintains the CAST events NYC website.
John Norman
Director of Operations
Graham McCarty
Creative Director / CMO
He holds a BFA degree in Theatre from The University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the People's Improv Theatre.

Fun Fact:

He has performed in multiple productions and has directed and written original material as well. He recently founded his own company, Improv Astoria.
Graham McCarty
Creative Director / CMO
Shakira Moran
Operations Manager
Her hobbies include weight lifting, dancing, reading, and cooking.

Visit her website to see the fitness and dance classes she teaches.

Favorite Quote:

❛❛ Train Mean, Eat Clean ❜❜
Shakira Moran
Operations Manager
Tatiana Marnett
Bookkeeper
A Baruch College graduate, Tatiana began working at Ripley-Grier Studios in 1996. She is originally from Donetsk, Ukraine.

Fun Fact:

Unlike the many performers here, she prefers the quiet life behind the scenes.
Tatiana Marnett
Bookkeeper
Jorge Rojas
939 8th Ave Manager
He enjoys listening to classic rock and pop music, watching good movies and working out in his spare time.

Fun Fact:

Jorge became the first employee of the company in 1989 and has worked at the Studios far longer than any other member of the staff.
Jorge Rojas
939 8th Ave Manager
Cynthia Ramos
131 W72nd St Manager
Cynthia loves to sing opera and to teach the art of learning through voice and piano.

Fun Fact:

She describes herself as:
❛❛ A lover of breathing deeply, thunderstorms and vegetarian cooking... ❜❜
Cynthia Ramos
131 W72nd St Manager
Shayne Grier
305 W38th St Manager
Shayne is a comedian and father of four. He joined the company in 2006.

Fun Fact:

He shares his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma with the Creative Director of the company, Graham McCarty.
Shayne Grier
305 W38th St Manager
Jeannie Ripley-Grier
Asst. Marketing Manager
She is the beloved daughter of Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier, and an entertainer in her own right. She currently attends college and writes a column in our newsletter.

Fun Fact:

Her parents named their production company Jean-Michelle Productions in her honor.
Jeannie Ripley-Grier
Asst. Marketing Manager
Jim Ku
Senior Booker
Originally from Troy, Michigan Jim is an avid cyclist, and often rides with his team to support Braking AIDS.

Fun Fact:

He describes himself as ❛❛ bigger than a bread box. ❜❜
Jim Ku
Senior Booker
Daniel Tice
520 Asst. Manager
Daniel studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, was a featured guest singer on The Caroline Rhea Show and has performed across the country.

Fun Fact:

He made a cameo appearance in the original Broadway production of Motown.
Daniel Tice
520 Asst. Manager
Melanie Hughes
520 Asst. Manager


Favorite quote:

❛❛ All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ❜❜

Walt Disney

Melanie Hughes
520 Asst Manager
Noe Rojas
Maintenance Coordinator
His hobbies include watching and playing soccer, taking walks, listening to music, and dancing Latin music.

favorite quote:

❛❛ Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day. ❜❜
Noe Rojas
Maintenance Coordinator
Eman Evans
Asst. Accounts Receiver
Born and raised in Kuwait, Emi is fluent in several languages, including Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia. She is a dual Jordanian and American citizen.

Fun Fact:

Her family is originally from Palestine.
Eman Evans
Asst. Accounts Receiver
Rose Milan
Cafe Manager
Born and raised in New York City, Rosie's hobbies include playing Scrabble.

Fun Fact:

She enjoys model train displays.
Rose Milan
Cafe Manager
Jerry Over
Cafe Asst. Manager
Jerry attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and earned his B.A. from the University of Denver

Fun Fact:

He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jerry Over
Cafe Asst. Manager
Alejandro La Rosa
Customer Service Associate
He performs monthly at the PIT Loft with his sketch team, every Tuesday night at The Magnet with his improv team, and every other Saturday night at the PIT with his all-queer improv team.

Alejandro La Rosa
Customer Service Associate
Bobby Lowe
Customer Service Associate
He is queer and is an alumni from the Theta Psi chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Fun Fact:

He has six half-siblings.
Bobby Lowe
Customer Service Associate
Candaice De Abreu
Customer Service Associate
Candaice likes to read inspirational books that reflect on life, relaxing and spending time with her three children.

Fun Fact:

She is originally from Guyana, in South America.
Candaice De Abreu
Customer Service Associate
Charles Sawyer
Customer Service Associate


In his own words:

❛❛ I prefer a good blizzard to a heat wave. ❜❜
Charles Sawyer
Customer Service Associate
Ryan Thompson
Customer Service Associate
His hobbies include improv, writing, cooking, watching movies, and spending time with his friends.

Fun Fact:

He is one of the youngest members of the staff.
Ryan Thompson
Customer Service Associate
Tony Young
Customer Service Associate
Originally from Kane'ohe, Hawaii Tony enjoys theatre, eating and cooking, making new friends, and spending time with his family and friends.

favorite quote:

❛❛ The noblest art is that of making others happy. ❜❜

P. T. Barnum

Tony Young
Customer Service Associate
Winston Page
Customer Service Associate


Fun Fact:

He is one of the six Gemini in our staff.
Winston Page
Customer Service Associate
Veronica Orellana
Customer Service Associate
Her hobbies are singing, playing volleyball, and working with kids.

favorite quote:

❛❛ Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't try. ❜❜
Veronica Orellana
Customer Service Associate
Marc Evans
Customer Service Associate
Marc is a devoted father who enjoys spending time with his daughters.

Fun Fact:

He recently began his own company, Mariari Corp.
Marc Evans
Customer Service Associate
Venus Suarez
Customer Service Associate


Fun Fact:

She is one of the five staff members with a birthday in April.
Venus Suarez
Customer Service Associate
Zackee Campbell
Customer Service Associate


Fun Fact:

He is one of the five members of our staff who are a Leo. All five of them were born in August.
Zackee Campbell
Customer Service Associate
Alex Hardin
Customer Service Associate
Alex is an actor and playwright who currently attends NYU Tisch School of the Arts for drama.

Fun Fact:

She shares her alma mater with the Director of Brand Strategy, Victoria Zunhiga.
Alex Hardin
Customer Service Associate