Founder of The Marjorie Ballentine Studio in New York City, where she created a new model for acting training: the first of its kind in the United States. In an effort to marry two great styles of acting, Marjorie hired two of the top casting directors from New York and the finest teachers from two of the most prominent acting schools in the world: RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).
The Marjorie Ballentine Studio combined the intuitive strengths of the American actor with the classical size and power of traditional British training. The following were members of her faculty:
- Stuart Howard, Casting Director (Chicago, The Graduate, Fosse …)
- Deborah Aquila, Casting Director (The Illusionist, The Shawshank Redemption, Mission Impossible II …)
- Ilan Reichel, Head of Alexander Technique at RADA
- Clare Davidson, Head of Voice and Speech at LAMDA
- Other faculty included Ben Bennison, Head of Movement at RADA; Mona Stiles, Alexander Technique at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU; and Walton Wilson, Head of Voice and Speech at Yale University