ARIA ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2012 by Katy Lipson.
In 2017, Katy was awarded the Best Producer award by the Off-West End Awards and is a recipient of the Stage One Bursary and Start Up Award. She made The Stage 100 in 2018 and 2019 with Joe Houston and William Whelton for their work at Hope Mill Theatre.
Katy co-produced the UK Tour of The Addams Family and the 50th Anniversary production of HAIR at the London Vaults, which she originally co-produced with Hope Mill Theatre in 2016, where she is Producing Artistic Director for in-house productions. HAIR won the award for Best Off-West End Production at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards and is currently on a major UK Tour. Their transfer of Pippin which played in February 2018 at the Southwark Playhouse was nominated for a record number of Off-West End Awards. Their production of Spring Awakening won the award for Best Regional show at the 2019 WhatsOnStage awards. She also produced the London transfer of new musical The Toxic Avenger at the Arts Theatre, West End following a run at The Edinburgh Festival’s Pleasance Theatre.
Other recent productions include: Night of the Living Dead – Live! (Pleasance Theatre, London); Rags the Musical (Hope Mill Theatre); Unexpected Joy (Southwark Playhouse and York Theatre, Off-Broadway); It’s Only Life (Union Theatre); Putting it Together; The Return of the Soldier, Aspects of Love, Little Women, The ToyBoy Diaries, Yank!, Parade and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre); the London transfers of Pippin and Aspects Of Love (Southwark Playhouse) and Yank! (Charing Cross Theatre); tick, tick…BOOM! (Park Theatre); Promises, Promises and The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); Vanities The Musical (Trafalgar Studios); See What I Wanna See and The Return Of The Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre); Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Adventures of Pinocchio, Lizzie and The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre); The House of Mirrors & Hearts, Supported By Grant For The Arts (Arcola Theatre) and Marry Me A Little, Jerry’s Girls and Forever Plaid (St. James Studio).
Other current projects include: Mame starring double Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett and The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester).