Helen Pickett was born in San Diego, CA and has created over 35 ballets in the U.S. as well as Europe. These include, among others, Scottish Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Chicago Lyric Opera and was resident choreographer for Atlanta Ballet between 2012 and 2017. She was the WINNER of the Best Choreographer and Best Dance Production of Atlanta in 2015 for her full length, Camino Real, by Tennessee Williams. Critic, Manning Harris, wrote that it would "become a legend in the dance world." She also won, Best Choreographer of Atlanta in 2014 for her ballet,
The New York Choreographic Institute awarded Helen a Fellowship Initiative Grant in 2006. In 2007, Dance Magazine named her “25 to Watch”. She was one of the first choreographers to receive the Jerome Robbins Foundation's New Essential Works Grant and was nominated for the Isadora Duncan Dance award in 2015. Helen has collaborated, as a choreographer and actress with installation video artists and filmmakers, including Eve Sussman, Toni Dove and Laurie Simmons. She danced with Ballet Frankfurt, William Forsythe, for eleven years, and performed with the New York theatre company The Wooster Group, Elizabeth LeCompte, for five years. She created the workshops, Choreographic Essentials, and Steps into Courage, the motivational workshop. Dance Europe published her article, Considering Cezanne, in 2006. Helen earned her Master's Degree of Fine Arts in 2011, Hollins University. In 2016, North Carolina School of the Arts, Dean, Susan Jaffe, awarded Helen an Honorary Doctorate, and was named Visiting Distinguished Artist.