Gerald Gutierrez

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Gerald Gutierrez (February 3, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York – December 29, 2003 in Brooklyn, New York) was an American Tony Award-winning stage director.


He was a graduate of the Juilliard School and initially worked as a performer. He then started directing Off-Broadway, often at Playwrights Horizons. He directed at Lincoln Center (New York City) including The Heiress in 1995, A Delicate Balance in 1996, The Most Happy Fella and Dinner at Eight in 2002. His work with The Heiress and A Delicate Balance was said to be (by Playbill) as "near perfect representations of those plays".[1][2][3]

Of The Heiress, the Variety reviewer wrote: "Although Gerald Gutierrez’s direction can’t be undervalued, The Heiress is not by any stretch “director’s theater.”... Under Gutierrez’s sure hand, the exceptional cast never falters." [4]

He directed the Wendy Wasserstein play Isn't It Romantic in 1983; Gutierrez and Wasserstein were good friends.[3]

He was said (by The New York Times) to have "an obsession with detail that made each production tick like a perfectly calibrated clock", and to do "ferocious" research.[5] André Bishop, a close friend of Gutierrez, said "Of all the directors I know, he was one who combined a scrupulous sense of reality with enormous flair and style."[6]


The exact date of his death is not known; he was found in his apartment. He died in his sleep of respiratory failure.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Gutierrez was nominated for the 1994 Tony Award, Director of a Play for Abe Lincoln in Illinois.[7]

He won the 1995 Tony Award, Director of a Play for The Heiress and the 1996 Tony Award, Director of a Play for A Delicate Balance.[8]


  1. ^ Simonson, Robert; Jones, Kenneth. "Gerald Gutierrez, Acclaimed Director of Broadway Plays, Is Dead" Playbill, December 30, 2003
  2. ^ a b "Gerald Gutierrez, 53; Broadway Director Won 2 Tony Awards" Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2003
  3. ^ a b Buckley, Michael. "Director Gerald Gutierrez Dies at 53", December 30, 2003
  4. ^ Evans, Greg. "Review: 'The Heiress' " Variety, March 9, 1995
  5. ^ Mandell, Jonathan. "The Witty Star of 'The Gerry Show'" The New York Times, January 18, 2004
  6. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Gerald Gutierrez, Director, Is Dead at 53" The New York Times, December 31, 2003
  7. ^ "'Abe Lincoln in Illinois' Broadway" Playbill, retrieved September 22, 2017
  8. ^ "Gutierrez Broadway" Playbill, retrieved September 22, 2017

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