Our team

  • Patricia Ripley

    Founder / CEO / CFO

    Patricia Ripley

    Founder / CEO / CFO

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    Patricia was born in Newark, N. J., grew up on the Jersey Shore, and attended Monmouth College, (now Monmouth University), in West Long Branch N. J. She worked "down the Shore" as a bartender and nightclub manager in Asbury Park. She was instrumental in discovering Bruce Springsteen, and introduced him to, and worked for, his first manager and produced his first concert. She was one of the pioneers of the music scene in Asbury Park and the "Shore". She worked in the music business for 5 years. After moving to Manhattan, she changed careers to become a fitness instructor at the Lotte Berk Method Studios on the East side. She worked as an instructor and assistant manager there for 7 years.


    In 1982, with a partner, she opened a studio on West 72nd Street on the West side of Manhattan called Creative Energy Studios; and taught fitness classes for 2 years. In 1984 she became the manager of the West Side Studios on West 72nd Street, and ran it from 1984 to 1987. She started her own fitness company in 1987 called Fitness Concepts for LIfe. That same year she and Butch took over the ownership of the West Side Studios and renamed it the West 72nd Street Studios. She and Butch acquired another location and changed the name of the company to New York Spaces, Inc., of which she is the president. In 1999 she and Butch adopted the lovely Jean-Michelle and at the same time built and opened the Ripley-Grier Studios. After 10 years of expansion at that location they are now the owners of the largest rehearsal space facility in the world. In June of 2003 she graduated from the Metropolitan Institute's one year Feng Shui program, and designed Ripley-Grier IV using those principles.


    In the fall of 2003 she and Butch decided to expand to another field in the entertainment business and began Jean-Michelle Productions to produce a play which is now "The Deep Song" musical play. After two successful workshops the play is ready to progress to bigger venues. She continues to teach fitness classes and has for over 30 years. She is looking forward to a great 2010.

  • Butch Grier

    Founder / Chief of Staff

    Butch Grier

    Founder / Chief of Staff

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    Butch was raised in Oklahoma and GREW up quickly in the Marine Corps". After serving proudly in Vietnam (69), he set off to chase that dream that at the age of 12 he said to his dad Ray "someday I'll be doing that". He started in the early 70's living that dream, traveling with The Tournament of Thrills Mustang Auto Daredevil's (The show his dad had taken him to) & the Super Star's Auto Thrill Show. Crashing cars....why???.  Ironically his first job in NYC was as a monitor for an open call for "The Bugs Bunny Follies" at the Showcase Studios (56th & 8th Ave.) As a stuntman he had no idea what a rehearsal studio was. NOW THE KING OF REHEARSAL SPACE!...FATE?? After years of doing stunts, acting, directing, dancing (ha),and producing off Broadway, finds himself a very fortunate guy to be able to have lived a dream! Every day gets better & better!! THANKS NEW YORK CITY!!!!

     

  • Stas Iavorski

    Managing Director

    Stas Iavorski

    Managing Director

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    Stas was raised in Latvia and moved to New York City in 1995. He began working at Ripley-Grier Studios in 1999, and quickly moved up the ladder to become General Manager. He believes his dedication and commitment to his staff and clients are the reason for his success as well as the success of the company. Stas enjoys working with the diverse community of artists and achievers that are his clientele.
  • John Norman

    Chief Operations Officer / HR Coordinator

    John Norman

    Chief Operations Officer / HR Coordinator

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    John has been with Ripley-Grier since '99. He enjoys his work at RG as a respite from his full-time position as Daddy to his two boys, Jack (14) and Isaac (12). John is founder and owner of CAST events, which creates workshops and classes for actors at RG's 520 location. John is also Vocal Director for Theatre Group Dzieci, RG's Theatre Company in Residence, and a songwriter with 2 solo EPs out on his own label, and a third in production. Other interests include going to the zoo, building tents in the livingroom, making pancakes, and high-stakes games of hide-and-seek. www.CASTeventsNYC.com   www.DzieciTheatre.org
  • Shakira Moran

    Director of Operations / HR Coordinator

    Shakira Moran

    Director of Operations / HR Coordinator

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    Shakira joined the RG family in 2006 and must say it is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I started off as a customer service rep and have moved up to the Operations Manager/ Assistant Human Resource manager. While working at Ripley Grier Studios I have completed 2 degrees and started 4 businesses; something that I don't think I could have done at any other company. The support and love that is given her is mind blowing, which is why I am still here. I am proud to call Ripley Grier not just my job, but my home. iamsamcreates.com

  • Graham McCarty

    Creative Director / Marketing Manager

    Graham McCarty

    Creative Director / Marketing Manager

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    A multidisciplinary artist who has been lending his talents to RGNY since 2005.

    Graham has a BFA Degree in Theatre from The University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of The P.I.T. (People’s Improv Theatre). As an actor he has performed in National Tours, Dinner Theatre, Regional and Community Theatre productions all over the country; and in recent years, has enjoyed writing and producing original shows with his wife (Actress / Musician - Ashley R. King).

    He finds joy in the creative process and strives to inspire & support others in their own creative expression. www.GrahamMcCarty.com



  • Tatiana Marnett

    Head Bookkeeper/ Payroll Supervisor

    Tatiana Marnett

    Head Bookkeeper/ Payroll Supervisor

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    Originally from Donetsk, Ukraine, Tatiana has been working at Ripley-Grier since 1996. She studied Accounting at Baruch College.  Unlike the many performers here, she prefers the quiet life behind the scenes. She loves working for Ripley-Grier very much.
  • Jorge Rojas

    939 8th Ave Location Manager

    Jorge Rojas

    939 8th Ave Location Manager

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    Jorge is RGNY’s longest working employee", since 1989. Butch, Patricia and Jeannie have taken him in as family. He says they are the kindest, most generous and most loving people in New York City. It would be impossible to thank them enough for his good fortune.
  • Jeannie Ripley-Grier

    Asst. Marketing Manager

    Jeannie Ripley-Grier

    Asst. Marketing Manager

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    Jeannie was born in 1999 and it was only a matter of time before her training for a life in show business began. At the tender age of 6 months “Jeannie” put on her entertainers cap and started sharing her gifts with the world. Her hyphenated name fits her hyphenated life very well. The world is her oyster, and she’s going to gently pry it open, look inside admiring its beauty, and then set it free so someone else can enjoy it too.
  • Jim Ku

    Senior Booker

    Jim Ku

    Senior Booker

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    Affectionately called "Jim" by his co-workers, he hails from Troy, MI . He moved to NYC in '96'...um...hi mom!
  • Cynthia Ramos

    131 W72nd St Location Manager

    Cynthia Ramos

    131 W72nd St Location Manager

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    Cynthia feels very lucky to be working for RG and loves managing their 72nd street location. This company is unlike any other and has propelled her to grow as an individual, artist and musician.

    She has met incredibly beautiful, kind hearted and talented souls while at work and looks forward to continuing to do so. Thank you Butch and Patricia for all of your support and allowing her to care for your 72nd baby.

  • Shayne Grier

    305 W38th St Location Manager

    Shayne Grier

    305 W38th St Location Manager

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    Shayne loves his wife and four beautiful children with all his heart. They are the fire that keeps him striving to be the best I can be every single day. I am also truly thankful for all my friends and family who have supported he in the pursuit of all his dreams, no matter how big or small. He believes there is no such thing as failure as long as you learn from the mistakes you make and keep pursuing what makes you happy. Love, laugh, live, and never give up.
  • Melanie Hughes

    520 Asst. Location Manager

    Melanie Hughes

    520 Asst. Location Manager

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    Born in England. She enjoys tea, scones, and lovely things like that.
  • Venus Suarez

    W72 Asst. Location Manager

    Venus Suarez

    W72 Asst. Location Manager

    Venus was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Monroe College. She wishes one day to become an Executive Pastry Chef. She also wants to return to school for a degree in business management sometime in the future. She loves working at Ripley Grier studios. On her days off Venus loves to cook and bake for her family. "Life is like a box of chocolate you never know what you going to get."
  • Tony Young

    Accounts Receivable Manager

    Tony Young

    Accounts Receivable Manager

    Tony hales from Kane'ohe, Hawaii. He's a Capricorn who enjoys theatre, eating/cooking, making new friends, and spending time with his family and friends.
  • Eman Abdalla

    Asst. Accounts Receivable / Night Manager

    Eman Abdalla

    Asst. Accounts Receivable / Night Manager

    Born and raised in Kuwait (in the Middle East), Eman came from a very large family (7 brothers and sisters). She lived in Indonesia for awhile and has now settled in the United States of America. She’s a Palestinian-Jordanian-American Citizen and has been gracing the halls of Ripley-Grier Studios with her presence since 2010. Love, life, health, and Peace are the most important things.

    “I have lived my life for my Son, and now I’m thankful to God to get to know my Grandson!” - Peace



  • Noe Rojas

    Maintenance Supervisor

    Noe Rojas

    Maintenance Supervisor

  • Rose Milan

    Cafe Manager

    Rose Milan

    Cafe Manager

    Born and raised in NYC, Rosey is a graduate of St. Jean's High School and attended Fordham University.  She loves football, building model railroad displays and feeding people because it makes them happy.



  • Jerry Over

    Cafe Asst. Manager

    Jerry Over

    Cafe Asst. Manager

    Born in Honolulu this man's man soon found himself deeply and profoundly interested in the arts. He left his home on the island and traveled to the more “well known” America to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts. Jerry also achieved his BA from the University of Denver and loves to share his brilliant and twisted philosophy on life with all the patrons that visit him every night at the Cafe Oasis.



  • Eddie Pancham

    Facilities Supervisor

    Eddie Pancham

    Facilities Supervisor

  • Mike Garcia

    Resident "Jack of all Trades"

    Mike Garcia

    Resident "Jack of all Trades"

    Seriosuly this guy does it all.
  • Charlie Sawyer

    Customer Service Associate

    Charlie Sawyer

    Customer Service Associate

    Charlie hails from Plymouth New Hampshire where winters are cold, people are friendly, and everyone
    knows your name. After a brief stint in Hawaii...where there isn't winter as we know it, he landed here in NYC and is extremely pleased to be in the cultural center of the Universe. He enjoys independent film, good theatre, mountain climbing, working out, and anything healthy that challenges the mind and taxes the body. Charlie is happy to be at Ripley-Grier where the rotating dessert tray of human traffic through the front door makes each day different and fun.
  • Jackson Grier

    Customer Service Associate

    Jackson Grier

    Customer Service Associate

  • Claire Leon

    Customer Service Associate

    Claire Leon

    Customer Service Associate

    Claire Leon is a recent graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and has been training in Musical Theatre for 10 years. She's originally from Seattle, Washington but moved to Boulder, Colorado her senior year of high school. She loves dogs and coffee, feel free to bring her either one.
  • Tommorra Simmons

    Customer Service Associate

    Tommorra Simmons

    Customer Service Associate

  • Nia Moran

    Customer Service Associate

    Nia Moran

    Customer Service Associate

  • Cecelia Bonner

    Customer Service Associate

    Cecelia Bonner

    Customer Service Associate

    Cecelia is an actress who graduated from The William Esper Studio and began work for Ripley Grier in July of 2017. She is so proud and happy to be part of the amazing Ripley-Grier Team. Thank you to Butch and Patricia.
  • Veronica Orellana

    Customer Service Associate

    Veronica Orellana

    Customer Service Associate

    Veronica hails from Rego Park, Queens. She is a Gemini whose hobbies include singing, volleyball, and wokring with kids. Her favorite quote is "don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t try”.
  • Winston Page

    Customer Service Associate

    Winston Page

    Customer Service Associate

  • Matthew Frazier

    Customer Service Associate

    Matthew Frazier

    Customer Service Associate

    Matty Frazier is New York based performer/comedian. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Matty had the pleasure of traveling the country doing such musicals as Miss Saigon, The King and I, Suessical and the UCB show: The 2017 Tony Awardz. Also he sings in the shower, where he's most famous, but like not weird. He is a member of the premier all gay improv team, Fancy Man. He is currently a writer/performer/producer for OutliciousTV, where his gay sketch web series (The Matty Frazier Show) premiered this August. You can also catch him in OutliciousTV's Flying High with Charlie.
     
    ​Twitter and Instagram:
    @mattfrazier100
  • Alejandro La Rosa

    Customer Service Associate

    Alejandro La Rosa

    Customer Service Associate

    Alejandro La Rosa is Venezuela born, North Carolina raised, now Brooklyn based actor and improviser. He was most recently seen with the Magnet's musical improv house team, Fauna or with his all queer improv team, Just A Phase. He performs monthly with at the PIT Loft with his BoogieManja sketch team, Illumithoti. You can catch him around the city performing at UCB, The Magnet, or The PIT. He is the lead in the upcoming gay horror film, Killer Unicorn, which will hopefully be coming to a streaming platform near you soon.
  • Candaice DeAbreu

    Customer Service Associate

    Candaice DeAbreu

    Customer Service Associate

    Candaice was born and raised in Guyana. She is a mother of three who enjoys reading inspirational books on life and relaxing/spending time with her kids.
  • Bobby Lowe

    Customer Service Associate

    Bobby Lowe

    Customer Service Associate

    Bobby is a young creative from Texas/Midwest, after studying acting they moved to New York to pursue an artist's life. When Bobby is clocked out they can be found anywhere from performing as Doris at Club Cumming, all the way back to Ripley-Grier to rehearse for their next audition. Follow them @mim0sa_m0m on Instagram to see what Bobby is up to!
  • Ryan Thompson

    Customer Service Associate

    Ryan Thompson

    Customer Service Associate

    Ryan is currently studying acting and pursuing comedy in the city. He's from California and wants everyone to know.
  • Alexandra Hardin

    Customer Service Associate

    Alexandra Hardin

    Customer Service Associate

    Alex is a playwright, actor, and a student at NYU. She is a lover of animals, snowy weather, and her hometown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Juan Banqueth

    Customer Service Associate

    Juan Banqueth

    Customer Service Associate

    Juan hails from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. This photographer loves the ocean, good music and good food. He also enjoys ride his bike and in 2018 he rode his first Braking Aids ride to help to raise money for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS through Housing Works.
  • Juna Shai

    Customer Service Associate

    Juna Shai

    Customer Service Associate

    Hailing from Tokyo, Juna is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Music Theatre. She is super stoked to join the RG Family! @junashai / junashai.com
  • Eric Waters

    Customer Service Associate

    Eric Waters

    Customer Service Associate

    Eric is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. A graduate of Coastal Carolina University's Musical Theatre Program, Eric moved to New York City in 2016 to pursuit his dreams of story telling across the country and hopefully one day, the "Great White Way". Along the way he enjoys laughing with friends, binge watching obscure anime, rock climbing and catching Pokémon.
  • Mariah Ralph

    Customer Service Associate

    Mariah Ralph

    Customer Service Associate

    Mariahsade is an actor, singer, teaching artist and social and environmental arts activist from Jersey City, NJ, last seen on Caravan Stage Company’s international Northwest tour of Nomadic Tempest as an evil post apocalyptic climatopian villain. Thanks to the Ripley-Grier folks for welcoming me into the fold!!
  • Mark Evans

    Custodial

    Mark Evans

    Custodial

    Proud father and great friend. Engaged as of 2019.
  • Zakee Campbell

    Custodial

    Zakee Campbell

    Custodial

  • Tiffiney Harris

    Custodial

    Tiffiney Harris

    Custodial

  • Dexshawn Lindore

    Custodial

    Dexshawn Lindore

    Custodial

  • Andre Zanin

    "The Piano Man"

    Andre Zanin

    "The Piano Man"

  • Jaye Maynard

    "The Plant Lady"

    Jaye Maynard

    "The Plant Lady"

    Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, Jaye discovered she had a "big voice". And her experiences in school and local community theater taught her how to play lead roles and "drink coffee." After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Musical Theater, she made her way to California. A touring production of Joseph Papp's "Pirates of Penzance" led Jaye to New York where she continued to audition and perform while finishing her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance at NYU. Soon after graduating Jaye said to herself "I have to make this work for me!" She formed her own LLC and went to the Broadway League to learn how to produce, eventually mounting shows in LA and NYC at the Fringe and New York Music Theatre Festival. One of them her own solo show Bird Amongst the Blossom: The Blossom Dearie Songbook.
  • Aaron Brown

    Facility Maintenance

    Aaron Brown

    Facility Maintenance

  • Francisco Ramon

    Facility Maintenance

    Francisco Ramon

    Facility Maintenance

    I have been working for Ripley-Grier Studios since 1998. I feel happy working for Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier.
  • Isabel Ramon

    Facility Maintenance

    Isabel Ramon

    Facility Maintenance

  • Ramiro Rojas

    Facility Maintenance

    Ramiro Rojas

    Facility Maintenance

  • Filimon Salas

    Facility Maintenance

    Filimon Salas

    Facility Maintenance

    I work at Ripley-Grier studios at 939 Eighth Avenue. I'm in charge of the cleaning at that location and now the building at 939 hired me to be in charge of the entire building!!  I'm very happy to work here with all the other employees at RG. I have a wife and a son name Rene Salas. I think that Ms. Patricia and Mr. Butch the are best bosses I have ever met and I'm happy to work for them.
  • Ibraima Camara

    Facility Maintenance

    Ibraima Camara

    Facility Maintenance

  • Henry Read

    Facility Maintenance

    Henry Read

    Facility Maintenance