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 in 2019 was nominated for International Producer Of The Year by the League Of Professional Women in New York. She is a recipient of the Stage One Bursary and Start Up Award and works as a mentor on their Bridge The Gap programme. She made “The Stage 100” in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for her work at Hope Mill Theatre and in 2021 for her work as a solo producer.
Katy produced the UK Premiere Tour of The Addams Family and the 50th Anniversary touring production of HAIR which also ran for 15 weeks in an immersive version at The Vaults, London.
She was the Producing Artistic Director for all 13 in-house musicals at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre from 2016 – 2019 Producing and General Managing shows such as Parade, Hair, Yank, Pippin, Aspects Of Love, Mame, Putting It Together, Rags, Little Women amongst others and producing all London transfers of Hair, Yank, Pippin, Aspects Of Love & Rags.
HAIR (The Vaults) won the award for Best Off-West End Production at the 2018 Whatsonstage Awards and Spring Awakening won the award for Best Regional show at the 2019 awards. Her most recent production of The Last 5 Years won the Best Production Award for the Off West End Awards.
In 2012, she produced a revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Arts Theatre, West End and in 2017 The Toxic Avenger ran at The Arts Theatre following runs at The Edinburgh Festival’s Pleasance Theatre and the Southwark Playhouse.
Katy set up the From Page to Stage festival to support new musicals at all difference stages of development. In 6 years FPTS has given platform to over 100 new musicals of which many have gone on to have full productions and be licensed worldwide. In 2017 the festival ran at The Other Palace and was supported by The Really Useful Group. Katy recently set up a new chamber musical award to support and commission one new British chamber musical a year and runs a full time literary department.
Current projects include: Cruise (Duchess Theatre/Online Stream); The Last 5 Years (Vaudeville Theatre), A Killer Party; new musical in 9 episodes (Online Stream); Tarantula by Philip Ridley (Online Stream); The Osmonds (UK Tour); C-o-n-t-a-c-t (Various Worldwide Productions); Sammy (Lyric Hammersmith); The Addams Family (UK Tour)