Susan Rybin - Founder
At age six, she began acting classes at Miriam Colon’s Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in New York. Concurrently, she initiated her professional career as an actress in such plays as: “Flag Inside”, “The Little Prince”, “This Property is Condemned” (H.O.L.A. Best Actress Award), “Latinos”, “I Ought to be in Pictures”, and “Maribel y la Extraña Familia”. As a minor, she is the only artist to have won the Honor Medal of the Academic Society Arts-Sciences-Lettres of France for her portrayal of Anne Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank” which she also received a Best Actress Nomination from Premio ACE. Film and television credits include “As the World Turns”, the movie “Police Brass” with Carol O’Connor, and “Rosa and the Executioner of the Fiend”, a film by Ivan Acosta. She was a cast member of the popular show “Infinity Factory” on PBS. Some of Susan’s commercial credits include: Allegra, Kaiser, N.Y. Lotto, Sears, McDonald’s (crew girl for a series of spots), Tums, and Industrials for Ortho-McNeil, General Motors, Vanguard, and Valic.
Susan Rybin is an Award winning actress. She performed in “Labors of Love” at the Lambs Theatre and in “Fireflies” at Thalia Spanish Theater, which she received the H.O.L.A Outstanding Achievement Award 2004. Her performance in “Three Calla Lillies” at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre earned her the Premio ACE, for Best Actress in a dramatic role in 2009. Susan also proudly received a Special Premio ACE in 2011, for her 30 years as a performer and Latino Youth educator through her accredited Rybin Studio of Drama. And, her co-starring performance in “No Problemo Amigo” at Thalia Spanish Theater also got her a Premio ACE nomination in 2011. She later toured Colombia with “No Problemo Amigo” for the International Theatre Festival in Manizales, Medellin and Bogota. Her recent performance was in the acclaimed “A Times Square Pinero” at the Times Square International Theater Festival. Susan has been honored by El Diario la Prensa as one of the most Distinguished Women of the Year 2000, and received La Tribuna’s Newspaper Distinguished Women Award in 2005. She also received recognition by the Art-Sciences-Lettres of France receiving the Silver Medal for her outstanding career as an actress in 2006.
Susan Rybin’s studies include: P.R.T.T. (Acting & Spanish Diction), H.B. Studio (Improvisation and Directing), Poli Rogers (Dance), Hal Schaefer (Voice). The New School for Social Research earning Certificates in Human Relations, Nutrition, and working with children. Through the years she has combined her study of nutrition with her passion for cooking by specializing in Continental and Spanish cuisine where she has entertained for industry and family events. Susan’s love of cooking lead her to be selected in the first two web-content Goya foods recipes.
Susan Rybin continues to pass her acting techniques which she developed seeing the need in the Arts for Spanish speaking children and young adults. Her Rybin Talent Management clients have worked in TV, films, commercials, web-content, and have performed along with celebrity actors. She has presented her students and clients’ success stories on Univision, in the evening segments of “Aca entre nos”, and the morning show “Al Despertar”. Susan also works along with her students at live events, like the recent Univision “Familia y Hogar Expo”, in New Jersey.
Susan has appeared in “Good Day New York”, “Sabado Gigante”, “Cristina”, “Acceso Total” and Gems Television honoring “100 Hispanic Women”. Most recently, she was guest co-host of the popular morning radio show “Buen Dia NY” in WADO 1280AM.
Fanny Rybin - Executive Director
Born in Argentina, where began her career as an actress. She moved to Mexico, and worked in TV commercials and TV Soaps. Later on moved to New York City, and immediately got involved in the Spanish Theater. Participated in “Cinco por seis, para reirse” and in 1976 in the production of Nuestro Teatro “Los fantoches”, she was nominated to the ACE Award as Best Actress. In INTAR Theater she appeared in “La dama boba, Caperucita Roja and La gran decision”. For Ollantay Theater she stars in “Carolina”. In Thalia Theater participated in “Memorias de un Director, El diario de Anna Frank, Entre Mujeres and Reflejos con cenizas” for which she won the ACE Award in 1996.During her stay in Mexico she was theatrical manager of the most important theaters in Mexico City.
Maritza Maseda - Administrator
Born in Havana, Cuba migrated to the USA at early age, making her residence in the City of Elizabeth, New Jersey where attended High School. Graduated from Rutgers University with a Degree of Spanish Literature and Education, started teaching at Parsippany Hills High School in Parsippany, NJ.
Later she worked as an International Licensing Coordinator, at Kayser-Roth International in New York City for several years. Because of her knowledge in International Licensing and Marketing went to work for the DMA (Direct Marketing Association) as an International Manager, being a liaison of Worldwide Associations and the International Council. At present she works for the County of Union in Elizabeth, New Jersey as a Public Information Officer and Translator, and she is the Chairman of the Parking Authority for the City of Elizabeth. Maritza is the Administrator of Rybin Studio of Drama which specializes in Latino teens and children. She is a recipient of the Alumni Outstanding Service Award from Rutgers University, and Melvin Jones Humanitarian Fellow Award.
Meiling Macias-Toro - Associate, Talent Manager
Meiling Macias-Toro has over 30 years of experience in advertising and content production. Meiling has worked with Advertising Agencies such as; Hispania/JWT, Castor Advertising, Mirram Global, Siboney, UniWorld Group and others. She has been Head of Production at Conill Advertising, The Vidal Partnership and Rapp Collins, New York. She has produced award-winning commercials for global and national brands, and has worked with many celebrities like Celia Cruz, Paul Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Mary J. Blige, Adam Rodriguez, Robin Thicke and Paul Patton among others.
An advocate for education, music and theatre arts, Meiling has directed and produced Childrens Theatre for Rybin Studio of Drama, with a play by Tony Bentacourt, “Los Angeles en el Cielo.” She is excited to once again produce theatre productions and head up the new Adult talent division for Rybin Talent Management.
Molly Zimmelman - Theater Teacher
Originally from San Francisco, Molly is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist and teacher with a passion for creating work with individuals from a diverse range of communities. After completing her BA at The New School, she moved to Italy, which gave her the opportunity to work with international artists of all ages as both a director with The English Theatre of Rome, and a drama teacher for elementary and high school aged students. She recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in Theatre.
Luis Caballero - Advanced Theater
Luis Caballero is writer, actor and theater and film director with over 35 years of experience. During the last season he direct the famous production GALA Puerto Rico…¡fuá!, the cast was nominated for Helen Hayes Award in 2013 for Spectacular Group, Production Residence.
Caballero has directed in his natal Puerto Rico, also in new York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Between his credits as director can be mentioned in productions like: Off-Broadway de DC-7:The Roberto Clemente story, ; María,No Exit; The House of Bernarda Alba, Las Máscaras; Boy George se está dejando barba (Centro de Bellas Artes-Best Director Award); Don Quixote; The Rice Story, Bedtime Stories (el musical),Resurrection (Comisionado por el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico), Puerto Rico…¡fuá! (Premio HOLA Mejor Director); Lorca, Puertorrican for a Day; y La Lupe: My Life and My Destiny (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, NYC). Sus últimos éxitos teatrales de Off-Broadway incluyen: Don Quijote en Nueva York; Lorca, Federico, Lorca; y They Call Me La Lupe en el LAB, Theater in the Public Theater.
Other directors credits in film are La Gringa: A Tale of a Town” y “El Color de la Guayaba”,Winners of Rincon Film Festival and was selected in Chicago International Film, ‘Romeo & Romeo’Actually Caballero is working in his next film ” La canela” He has won six awards as Best Director and Best playwriter.
Nicolas Salgado - Camera Operator / Editor
Nicolas Salgado has been a part of Rybin Talent Mgmt. & Studio of Drama since the age of 5. His credits include appearances in tv shows like Law&Order and The Sopranos, and more recently, the movie Safe. As a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in communication, Nicolas is now on the technical staff of Rybin Studio of Drama while continuing to pursue his career in acting.