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".
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." 
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. 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."
The exact date of his death is not known; he was found in his apartment. He died in his sleep of respiratory failure.
Awards and nominations
Gutierrez was nominated for the 1994 Tony Award, Director of a Play for Abe Lincoln in Illinois.
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.
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