Katy Lipson is the company director and producer of Aria Entertainment which she set up in 2012. She has produced over 60 shows and has a huge interest in musical theatre revivals and new musicals. Her recent producing credits include: the UK Premiere No 1 Tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the UK Premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER and THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at the Arts Theatre, West End, The 50th Anniversary Production of HAIR the musical UK No 1 Tour and The Vaults, London (WhatsOnStage Award winner) and she is also the creator of the FROM PAGE TO STAGE festival of new musicals which has invested in and given life to 100 musicals over the past 6 years. Katy offers a full time literary department for new International musicals and has several shows under commission and development.
She is the producing artistic director of Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester which won Fringe Theatre Of The Year in 2018 and where she has produced 13 musicals including Parade, The European Premiere of Yank, Pippin, Spring Awakening (WhatsOnStage Award winner), Aspects Of Love and the European Premiere of Little Women amongst others. She is currently producing the first revival in 50 years of Jerry Herman’s Mame, starring two time Olivier award winning actress Tracie Bennett and Harriet Thorpe. Her productions of Yank, Hair, Aspects Of Love and Pippin all transferred to London and ran to critical acclaim. She recently produced a new revival of Rags working alongside Wicked creator Stephen Schwartz.
In 2017 Katy won the Off West End award for Best Producer and was named in the prestigious THE STAGE 100 in both 2018 and 2019; the most influential people working in British theatre. She is a stage one bursary and start up award recipient and has been selected for the first ever US/UK producer exchange programmed this Autumn.