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December 2013
Happy Holidays!
When I was a kid, New York City meant Christmas. I'd never been here for Christmas, or any other holiday for that matter, but it seemed to me that all the cool Christmas stuff happened here: Miracle on 34th st, the tree at Rock Center, Ice skating in Central Park. New York gets a bad rap for being jaded, but I like to think of us as a city of Dreamers. A city of Creators. A place ideally suited for the suspension of disbelief, and faith in miracles. What better place to appreciate the hush of a blanket of snow, the majesty of a city covered in lights, and the dream of gifts from an overweight senior citizen B&E artist in red velvet?
Happy Kwanzakkahmas!!!

John Norman
Director of Scary Balloon Masks
Ripley-Grier Studios
In The Spotlight:
Children's Acting Academy 

Monica May founded The Children's Acting Academy in 1972 in New York City. She served on the faculty of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institution and is known for creating and teaching theatre workshops for children and teens at New York University, The Harkness Center and The Hunter College Gifted Youth Program. Her classes have been praised by The New York Times, The Parents League, and New York Magazine. She made her Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth with Paul Newman and Geraldine Page. Mimi Stuart, Artistic Director, has been acting and entertaining audiences since she was 10 years old, and professionally since she was 15. Mimi started to teach and direct for Monica May at The Children's Acting Academy in 2000. She is thrilled to see her students grow year after year.

The Academy has been holding classes, workshops, and private coachings at Ripley-Grier's 131 West 72nd street Studios for nearly two decades. They have earned praise from both parents and industry insiders for their practical and professional approach to developing young actors. Perhaps David De Silva (Producer, Fame!) said it best: "Any young person lucky enough to attend Children's Acting Academy can develop a more confident personality which is a great preparation for success in life."

Mimi has this to say about her choice of studio: "The 72nd Street location is my home away from home and it's staff is my extended family.   It is always good to give thanks for your health and that of your family and loved ones.  I also give thanks for happy clients.  Ripley Grier 72nd Street helps me keep clients happy and that's what it's all about. It's nice to pause and reflect on that."

You can find out more about CAA by visiting their website:

Save this space: Cultural Commentary By Jeannie

Beginning in January 2014, Jeannie Ripley-Grier, teenage daughter to Butch and Patricia and heiress to the RG empire, will share with us her views on popular culture and current events, like only a 14 year old can. Sometimes snarky. Occasionally brilliant. Always insightful.
Now, it is up to us.

For the entire month of December, RG will donate $1 for typhoon relief in the Philippines for every new "like" we receive on Facebook. If you already follow us on FB and Twitter, get your friends to jump on board! If you don't, click the buttons above and do your part. This time, clicking "like" really DOES change something!

Also, if you find yourself at one of our locations this month, drop some money in our collection jars, and get your name on one of our "helping hands" to show your support. 

Give the gift of TIME and SPACE! Ripley-Grier gift Certificates are available at all locations this Holiday season, in many denominations. Give the performer in your life something unique!