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Amanda Lipitz
Amanda Lipitz is an American director/producer of films and Broadway shows, including the award-winning documentary STEP.
Amanda Lipitz
BornFebruary 5, 1980
Baltimore, Maryland
OccupationDirector, Producer
Years active2003 - present
Spouse(s)Greg Smith
Life and career
Amanda was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Brenda Rever and Roger Lipitz.[1] After graduating from the Park School of Baltimore, she studied theatre at New York University'sTisch School of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in Theatre in 2002.[2] Lipitz is the founder of Amanda Lipitz Productions, under which she has produced many Broadway shows and directed & produced numerous short films for non-profit organizations.
Amanda began producing New York theatre shortly after graduating from NYU, making her Broadway debut as a producer at age 24 with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 2005.[3] Shortly thereafter, she produced Legally Blonde: The Musical which opened on Broadway in 2007. As a result of her involvement in the stage production, she served as executive producer and creator of MTV's series Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woods.[4]
Amanda's Broadway credits also include the Tony Award winning productions of A View from the Bridge in 2015[5] and The Humans in 2016.[6]
Off Broadway
After years of development with Lipitz at the helm, in 2015, she served as the lead producer for ‘Brooklynite’ a musical by Peter Lerman, inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company.[7]
Non-Profit Filmmaking
Lipitz has made more than 30 short-form documentaries for organizations such as Young Women's Leadership Network, Citymeals-on-Wheels, College Bound Initiative, The Tory Burch Foundation, Barnard College, Turnaround for Children, The Gateway School and many more. These documentaries serve as fundraising material and a window into the heart of each organization.
Amanda's first foray into directing a feature-length film came with her award-winning Sundance hit, STEP. The subjects of the film, the Lethal Ladies of BLSYW, attend the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, a school Lipitz has been an active supporter of since its inception in 2009. The film was released theatrically by Fox Searchlight Pictures in 2017.[8]
In 2017, Lipitz was featured on The Hollywood Reporter's Documentary Filmmaker Roundtable, alongside Evgeny Afineevsky, Greg Barker, Yance Ford, Matthew Heineman, Brett Morgen and Peter Nicks. She was quoted in the headline of the article as saying, "...we have a very different responsibility than 20 years ago. It's an incredible time to make documentaries because millions and millions of people see these movies now."[9]
Deadline reported that Amanda signed on to direct the English-language remake of the hit Spanish film, Instructions Not Included.[10]
Awards and Nominations
Stage Producing Credits
Off Broadway
Brooklynite, Vineyard Theatre, 2015
  1. ^ Weddings/Celebrations (4 July 2004). "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Amanda Lipitz, Gregory Smith". The New York Times, “Style”.
  2. ^ "Amanda Lipitz '98 Wins 2017 Sundance Film Festival Award for STEP". 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  3. ^ J. Wynn Rousuck (27 February 2005). "Baltimore dynamo put her faith in 'Scoundrels'". Baltimore Sun.
  4. ^ Susan Josephs (Fall 2008). "Making It on Broadway" (PDF). Jewish Woman Magazine. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  5. ^ Marilyn Stasio (12 November 2015). "Broadway Review: 'Arthur Miller's View From the Bridge' with Mark Strong". Variety.
  6. ^ "The Humans — Nominee for Best Play". 2016. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  7. ^ "Brooklynite, The Vineyard Theatre". 2015. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  8. ^ "STEP the Movie, Fox Searchlight Pictures". 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  9. ^ Gregg Kilday (2017). "Documentary Roundtable: Ethical Dilemmas and Shouldering a "Very Different Responsibility Than 20 Years Ago"". Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  10. ^ Mike Flemming Jr. (2017). "Lionsgate Plans English-Language 'Instructions Not Included' Remake; Amanda Lipitz To Direct". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  11. ^ "Amanda Lipitz". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
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