The second episode of our GlobalConversations series features our friend and early supporter of DDP, choreographer Helen Pickett.

Helen Pickett is a San Diego native whose artistic achievements range from dancing, acting, teaching and coaching, to writing and choreography. Helen has created award-winning contemporary ballet choreography for companies all over the United States and Europe. She describes her choreographic process as a collaboration with all of the artists involved, asking them to bring their personal research and experience to their roles. Born to actor parents, Helen’s life has always featured the arts. She studied ballet under William Forsythe at Ballet Frankfurt for eleven years; she made her choreographic debut in 2005 with the Boston Ballet; and in 2006, The New York Choreographic Institute awarded her a Fellowship Initiative Grant. Helen earned a Masters of Fine Arts in 2011 from Hollins University, and in 2016, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her contribution to the arts. From 2012-2017, she held the position of Resident #Choreographer for the Atlanta Ballet.

Helen is represented by Kristopher McDowell of KMP Artists. Visit her website here: Follow Helen on Instagram (@helenpickettchoreographer) and check out her Creative Vitality Jam Sessions, an series of intimate conversations (@creativevitalityjamsessions on Instagram) that airs live on YouTube weekly:

Learn more about Boston Ballet’s ChoreograpHER, an initiative Helen and Liza discuss in the video (and of which Liza is a Lead Sponsor), here: Follow Boston Ballet on Facebook (, Instagram (@BostonBallet), and Twitter (@BostonBallet).