Director’s Team

Karen Pilkington-Miksa

Artistic Director and CEO

Karen is the Founding Director of The New English Ballet Theatre. She holds a degree in education and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD). She ran her own dance group and school, and has choreographed for ballet, opera and the BBC.

Nehemiah Kish

Senior Producer and Assistant to the Artistic Director

Nehemiah Kish, a former Principal of The Royal Ballet, was born in Detroit and joined the National Ballet of Canada School aged 13. He graduated into the National Ballet of Canada in 2001, and danced as Principal in the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Danish Ballet before joining the Royal Ballet in 2010, from which he retired in 2019.

Patrick G. Hinson

Ballet Master and Company Manager

Patrick is a former New York City Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre dancer who has since worked as ballet master or served in management positions for numerous companies around the US and Europe.

Helga Brandt

Marketing Consultant

Helga has been working in the arts and heritage sectors for more than 20 years; roles including marketing, PR, public engagement and fundraising.

She has worked with tanzhaus nrw and Ballett Kiel (both Germany), Pavilion Dance South West, Hofesh Shechter Company and Stopgap Dance Company, among others. In 2018, Helga launched her own Arts Marketing Consultancy, The Write Brandt.

Judy Lipsey

PR Consultant

Judy Lipsey is a dynamic arts and entertainment publicist specialising in dance and theatre.  She has worked for three of the major record labels (Sony, EMI, BMG) and co-founded Lipsey Meade PR in the 1990s, and The Works PR in the 2000s.  She was Associate Director at Premier PR for seven years before setting up Lipsey PR in 2019. 

Her clients include New English Ballet Theatre, Mark Bruce Company, Lost Dog, Maltings Theatre, Croydon Composers, 2Faced Dance, Seeta Patel, Let’s Dance International Frontiers festival, Freddie Opoku-Addaie.

Alice Pennefather


British film-maker Alice Pennefather spent 6 years travelling and working abroad, focusing on scuba diving and filming underwater. Returning to London in 2011 she rediscovered her love of dance and movement.

With several years’ experience photographing for companies such as The Royal Ballet, Garsington Opera, Ballet Cymru and NEBT, she has also developed her skills with moving image above and below the water on several commercials, major BBC and ITV dramas, short films and major feature films. Her short dance films have gone on to achieve official acceptance to film festivals worldwide and won several awards.

Alice Pennefather