Katy Arnander

Senior Producer and Head of International Bookings

Katy is an experienced arts professional with over 20 years as leader, strategist, producer and programmer in the commercial and not for profit cultural sector.   She wears two hats for RGM Productions: the first as Senior Producer on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show and the other, as head of international bookings for the growing roster of international dance companies we represent. 

Immediately before Katy arrived at RGM Productions, she was Content Development Director at Ambassador Theatre Group, focussing on the organisation’s content and show strategies, across its 50+ theatre portfolio.  Before that, she was Director of Artistic Programme at Sadler’s Wells for eight years working across all dance genres from ballet, to contemporary, to hip hop, to tango and beyond – where she programmed, commissioned, and managed producing teams.  She had the privilege of working with and presenting some of dance’s greatest creatives including Sylvie Guillem, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jasmin Vardimon, Matthew Bourne, Jonzi D and English National Ballet, to name just a few. 

Katy began her performing arts career as a producer & programmer on a number of shows at the Barbican (including Beyond Nashville, Only Connect & It Came from Memphis festivals) and the Southbank Centre (Sweeny Todd, Alchemy and London Literature festivals), and also managed projects such as Tate/Egg series with Jesse Norman, Steve McQueen and Groove Armada.

Her other passion has been international travel and tourism and in the ’90’s, she managed tours across Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Holy Land, before hanging up her boots to move to a desk job, marketing at Amadeus Travel Technology in Spain. It was her personal enjoyment of performing and singing however that prompted her to heed the call back to London to embark on a new career in the performing arts. 

 Katy has an international MBA from the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid) and her honours degree from Oxford University was in Anthropology and Psychology.  She is an alumnus of Oxford Cultural Leaders & American Express/Common Purpose programmes and is a Trustee of the Chelsea Theatre in London’s World’s End.

What is your secret superpower?
Seeing the bigger picture and then connecting, communicating and collaborating

What’s your proudest career moment?
There are so many and every project leaves its own unique watermark. When I see enjoyment for both performers and audience during the magical alchemy of a show, then I’m proud.

What has been your most memorable theatre experience?
I am constantly in awe of the skill and sheer talent I see on stage.  The most impactful, ‘gateway’ musical for me I suppose was Jesus Christ Superstar. As a child I was obsessed with the album, spending hours learning the words and singing in front of the mirror – so I’ll never forget when I first saw it live on stage in the West End.  Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s amazing 2016 production reignited my memory once again and took me straight back to my childhood. Incredible.