Karen Feys was born and raised in Belgium. She started her career as a classical and contemporary dancer in Latvia, Russia and the UK. Combining a dance and choreography career with studies of Theatre Dance & Management in London, Karen felt a shortcoming of business & sales experience in the arts industry so decided to move into the software industry to gain that experience. She started as an Account Manager for Benelux at Mercury Interactive (acquired by HP) and moved to Red Hat as International Sales Manager after 2 years at Mercury. Having gained corporate and sales experience, she wanted to incorporate that in a position in the arts industry. Karen took on a maternity cover contract at IMG Artists, managing art organisations such as Pilobolus, Miami City Ballet, Colin Dunne amongst others. In January 2010, she became the co-founder and executive director of the dance company by internationally renowned Belgian-Moroccan choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In November 2011, Karen is very happy to have joined Pilobolus.