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.

Patrick G. Hinson

Ballet Master and Interim
Company / General  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.

Carleen Ebbs

Development Officer

Carleen has previously worked in administration for artist management and executive search. Carleen has a background in opera working with companies including ENO, WNO and The Royal Opera. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama London gaining a Masters of Music with Distinction.

Margaret Andraos

Development Consultant

After producing for the Young Shakespeare Theatre company, which she founded with a friend straight out of university, Margaret moved into publicity and fundraising for the arts.

She has had more than 30 years of experience in Development, working with the Royal Opera House, English National Ballet and London City Ballet.

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 and Hofesh Shechter Company. 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

Alice Pennefather

Film-maker

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.