Margie Balter

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Margie Balter began ballet and tap at age 3 and piano by age 4. The flute and violin, as well as acting and singing, all followed in quick succession and are still part of her life today.

She studied theater at Northwestern University and earned a Cum laude Bachelor's Degree at the University of Washington in Seattle in ethnomusicology. She performed in many ensembles ranging from jazz to funk and reggae, and for five years was a member of the Seattle-based African music band "Dumi and the Minanzi Marimba Ensemble" where she played marimba, rattle and drums and was a featured dancer.

Balter's film coaching career took off when she coached Holly Hunter for the film "The Piano." Following the success of that film, Balter went on to coach many other actors, including Tom Cruise for "Interview With A Vampire," Scarlett Johansson for "The Man Who Wasn't There," Sandra Bullock for "The Net," Susan Sarandon for "Twilight," and Kevin Spacey for "Beyond The Sea."

Balter composed a piece for the film "Beauty Shop" (featured prominently in Hurd's piano recital scene) and played and arranged solo piano segments for the film. Other composing credits include US Olympic Committee film "City Of Gold" and the entire score for the Sci-Fi Thriller "Lightspeed," starring David Carradine and Karen Black.

Margie has acted in numerous films, television shows and theater pieces, was in an improv comedy troupe for 10 years and still performs a one-woman show. At the piano she has performed for countless audiences, including performances for Dustin Hoffman, James Garner, Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelly.