Ripley-Grier Opening New Studio Spaces in New York

With the number of rehearsal spaces in New York City dwindling as real estate prices rise, Ripley-Grier Studios is here to help by adding 10 newly constructed audition, rehearsal, and performance spaces to its 520 Eighth Ave. location this year.The new studios, which will be available as early as February, are climate controlled and “built with eco-friendly materials and designed with Feng Shui principles,” the owners say. Many rooms also include expansive views of the city and the Hudson River. All spaces are offered at an hourly rate and range in size, from as large as a Broadway stage to as intimate as a private warm-up room, for a variety of uses.Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier opened their first studios 26 years ago in a five-room walk-up on the Upper West Side. Today their operation spans 64 studios in four different locations in Manhattan, including spaces at 939 Eighth Ave. and 131 W. 72nd St.
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Ripley-Grier Studios

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Ripley-Grier Studios, now celebrating its 24th year, was once again voted favorite rehearsal studio by Back Stage readers. A family-operated business, run by Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier, the studios were designed utilizing feng shui principles, resulting in an open-feeling space with generous use of plants, light, and color.The variety of studios makes it easy to accommodate auditions and rehearsals for all kinds of projects, from Equity productions to student films. With three locations in Manhattan, Ripley-Grier is also a great place for workshops and classes, with various amenities including a kitchen, storage, and a café. The space is clean and easy to navigate."From the moment you step off the elevator, you're greeted with a TV telling you exactly what studio space you are in," says actor McKenna Fox. "Then there is the always friendly and helpful staff, the fully stocked café when you need a quick bite or coffee.
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NYC Readers' Choice: Performance

Here are the 2010 New York Reader's Choice results for categories dealing with performing onstage. To look at all of the categories, be sure to visit the main page. Favorite Rehearsal Studio: Ripley-Grier Studios "Clean," "professional," and "inviting" are words actors use repeatedly to describe Ripley-Grier Studios, an operation now celebrating its 23rd year and with three locations in Manhattan.Patricia Ripley, who runs the studios with her husband, Butch Grier, says the spaces are used for auditions, rehearsals, and classes, among other purposes. There's even a lock-out area that boasts a kitchen, three studios, and lots of storage for performing artists or productions that need the space for extended periods of time. It's totally private, she says. Ripley also talks with pride about how she designed the spaces utilizing feng shui principles, which incorporate light, plants, and color into organically flowing areas.Actor Scott Guthrie appreciates the comfortable seating, the café,
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