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Ripley Grier Studios Newsletter October 2010
Me and Ike on the Wonderwheel Hey Everybody-

Welcome to October, the best excuse for dressing up in costume since the Rocky Horror Show. If New York has a holiday, it is most definitely Halloween. Like our fair city, it is both sacred and secular, funny and scary, delicious and dangerous. And who doesn't like taking candy from a stranger every now and then? RG is now in full swing, playing host to many wonderful projects, and looking forward to the future.

A friend saw me in the street the other day and said hi. He just finished up a long gig and is working on a new show. I asked him where they were rehearsing. He wrinkled his nose and said he was somewhere close to RG520, but the situation there was less than satisfactory (he actually used some stronger language, but I'll keep that to myself). "There are studios all over the place right now!", he said, sweeping is arm to indicate the theatre district/Hells Kitchen. "But they're not Ripley Grier. Ripley Grier is home."

 I really liked that. Not "like" home, but home.

So come on home this fall. We'll bake you some cookies.

Operations Director
Ripley-Grier Studios
Teacher Spotlight:
Trapper Felides

trapperTrapper Felides has been coaching out of Ripley Grier since 2002. Hailed by the New York Post as "the go-to voice coach for pint sized triple threats," Trapper is also a prominent presence in the concert circuit of both NY and LA. Co-creator of LA's famed Upright Cabaret, he can be seen in the next month on stage at Joe's Pub, (le) poisson rouge, and in Arts Horizons' tribute to/for Paul Simon. His clients are in every running musical on Broadway, and charitable work includes benefits and performances for GLAAD, The Trevor Project, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Point Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, and Susan G. Komen for a Cure, among others. Stay tuned for his upcoming book and reality show in spring of 2011. He sends "Much love to the amazing and hospitable staff of Ripley-Grier for making the workplace feel like a cozy living room."
Employee of the Season!
Shakira Moran

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It will come as no surprise to those who know her that Shakira is our first Employee of the Season. Shakira has been our Front Desk Manager at the flagship 520 location, where she manages the flow of clients and employees throughout the day, making sure everyone has what they need and knows what they're doing. You can see her here six days per week, often accompanied by he daughter Nia, both of them universally adored. Shakira also spearheads much of RGs charity work, creating wonderfully successfull fundraising events, most recently for the Braking the Cycle AIDS ride, raising over $1500 for the cause while bringing people together and putting on a great show. Shakira is one of the many special people we are fortunate enough to have in our family.

Shout-outs are in order for DeJuan Lewis, Chris LaCour, Jim Ku, and Lorraine Cink, who were also nominated by clients and/or other staff members.
Jim Ku rides from Boston to NYC to fight AIDS

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Braving the elements, fatigue, and what he now refers to as "The Mountains of Rhode Island", RG booker Jim Ku rode over 200 miles last weekend for the "Braking the Cycle" AIDS ride. Thanks to the support of our community, Jim and RG raised over $4,500, exceeding Jim's initial goal by nearly $1,000. Jim has already signed up for next year, so this looks like it will be an annual event! Thanks again to all those who donated, and all those who came to our fundraiser on the 18th.
Keep an eye out here, and on FB and Twitter, for info on upcoming RG charity events.
RG's Own Desiree Nash in her very own one-woman show
Check Please!

Check Please!Zombie Joe, Tomifer Smalltard, and "Desiree Nash" are all on the market for love times. Watch as these and other characters look for companionship one hilarious date at a time. An optimistic show with realistic results.

Written by and starring Desiree Nash

Reservations HIGHLY recommended. Click here to get yours. Only FIVE BUCKS!

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Top-Notch Fitness Classes from Patricia Ripley
Patricia Ripley is currently accepting new students to her Patricia Ripley Fitness classes for the fall.  Her classes are held at Ripley-Grier Studios, 131 West 72nd Street, between Columbus & Amsterdam.  Patricia has been teaching fitness classes in Manhattan for over 35 years, formerly with The Lotte Berk Method  (East Side); then in her own studios on West 72nd Street.  Her students have included Betty Buckley, Ali MacGraw,  Ivana Trump, Carly Simon, and Michael Apted.  Bob Audy world-renown, dancer and choreographer is one of her current students.  She has small "functional fitness" classes; hand weights, low-impact cardio, core strengthening, and yoga stretching.  Diane George teaches her "wellness class" and Butch Grier teaches a circuit training class and a Hatha yoga class, within the Patricia Ripley Fitness group.  Go here to find schedules and prices.

Good Stuff for a Good Cause!

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The celebrated Shakira Moran (see above) is up to her do-gooder ways again, this time with a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Purchase select Avon products through her through any time during the month of October, and all profits go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

You can contact via email here
or via her website.
Trammel Time
With Trammel Peacock
TrammelTis time again for your adrenaline shot of Peacock. This golden tip is known as: Radical Raiment. Never overlook your attire when auditioning because the casting crew sure won't. The majority of performers assume wearing a bridesmaids dress, or a blazer with an ascot cravat when auditioning is always a thumbs up. When Thomas Cruise Mapother IV sauntered in to read for Top Gun he was wearing a fluffy dark brown jump suit, a big brass nose ring, and atop his head sat two twenty-four inch papier mache horns. Forthwith I envisioned myself playing volleyball on the beach with Val Kilmer. I did not; But here's how you can. Think outside the box! Next time you go in and read for "Man #1", dress as a tremendous red rhinestone blanketed roman numeralone. If you are not hired instantly, my name isn't Trammel Peacock.