Photography by Daniel Bergeron
Amanda Lipitz is an award winning documentary filmmaker and Tony Award-winning Broadway producer.
Her directorial debut and first feature-length documentary, Step, premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival which won the Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking.It also won the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision at the Seattle International Film Festival. and the Audience Award at the AFI Docs Festival. Step is on the DOC NYC Shortlist for Best Documentaries of the year also.The film was released in theaters in August by Fox Searchlight and is available on DVD & digital this fall.
Known nationally for her short films highlighting philanthropic organizations and their impact, Lipitz has made more than 30 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. In 2008 Lipitz was named by Jewish Women International as one of their “10 Women to Watch.”
Amanda served as executive producer and creator of MTV’s groundbreaking series “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods.” Lipitz also associate-produced “A Broadway Celebration” for PBS as part of the White House music series. She is currently working on several projects including the original musical “Brooklynite” (The Vineyard, Off Broadway), with music and lyrics by Peter Lerman.
Lipitz’s first foray into Broadway producing was at the age of 24 with “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” starring John Lithgow. Her other producing credits include “Legally Blonde the Musical,” also on Broadway; “Modern Orthodox,” starring Jason Biggs and Molly Ringwald; “The Performers,” and “A View From the Bridge,” (Tony Award, Best Revival). Most recently, she was represented on Broadway by the critically acclaimed Tony Award-winning hit (Best Play) “The Humans.”
Lipitz graduated with a BFA in theater from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and now serves on the board of the school. She also recently became a trustee of NYU and serves on PONY (Playwrights of New York).In addition to producing, Lipitz is responsible for some of the most innovative sponsorships on Broadway, including partnerships with Tiffany & Co., PBTeen, Maybelline and Uber. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.