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


Gutierrez was a graduate of Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York,[1] and then the Juilliard School and initially worked as a performer. He then started directing Off-Broadway, often at Playwrights Horizons. He directed, among others, the following plays at Lincoln Center: The Most Happy Fella (1992), The Heiress (1995), A Delicate Balance (1996), and Dinner at Eight (2002). His work with The Heiress and A Delicate Balance was said to be (by Playbill) as "near perfect representations of those plays".[2][3][4]

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."[5] He directed the Wendy Wasserstein play Isn't It Romantic in 1983. Gutierrez and Wasserstein were good friends.[4]

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.[6] 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."[7]


Gutierrez died in his sleep of respiratory failure.[3]

Awards and nominations

Gutierrez was nominated for the 1994 Tony Award, Director of a Play for Abe Lincoln in Illinois.[8] 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.[9]


  1. ^ "Gerald Gutierrez, Director, Is Dead at 53". The New York Times. 2003-12-31. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  2. ^ Simonson, Robert & Kenneth Jones. "Gerald Gutierrez, Acclaimed Director of Broadway Plays, Is Dead" Playbill, December 30, 2003
  3. ^ a b "Gerald Gutierrez, 53; Broadway Director Won 2 Tony Awards", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2003.
  4. ^ a b Buckley, Michael. "Director Gerald Gutierrez Dies at 53", December 30, 2003.
  5. ^ Evans, Greg. "Review: 'The Heiress' " Variety, March 9, 1995.
  6. ^ Mandell, Jonathan. "The Witty Star of 'The Gerry Show'" The New York Times, January 18, 2004
  7. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Gerald Gutierrez, Director, Is Dead at 53" The New York Times, December 31, 2003
  8. ^ "'Abe Lincoln in Illinois' Broadway" Playbill, retrieved September 22, 2017
  9. ^ "Gutierrez Broadway" Playbill, retrieved September 22, 2017