January 2, 2004 by

Gerald Gutierrez

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Categories: Actors, Artists

Gerald Gutierrez, a Tony Award-winning director, died at the end of December of respiratory complications from the flu. He was 53.
The New York City native graduated from the Juilliard Drama Division and became a member of The Acting Company. He appeared in numerous plays, including “Edward II,” “Three Sisters” and “The Cradle Will Rock.” In the early 1980s, Gutierrez found his true calling when he started directing plays rather than performing in them. Off-Broadway, he was best known for directing comedian Wendy Wasserstein’s one-woman show, “Isn’t It Romantic.”
His first attempts on Broadway did not fare well. “The Curse of the Aching Heart” ran a few times in 1982. Its follow-up, “Little Johnny Jones,” closed after only one performance. Gutierrez took a brief detour away from the theatre to attend law school and apprentice at a landmark Brooklyn restaurant, then returned to the stage to direct more than a dozen Broadway plays.
Gutierrez won back-to-back Tony Awards in 1995 and 1996 for his direction of revivals of “The Heiress” and “A Delicate Balance.” With Phyllis, his Yorkshire terrier, by his side, he became a mainstay at the Lincoln Center Theater. Other honors Gutierrez received included two Drama Desk Awards, two Cullman Awards and the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award.

One Response to Gerald Gutierrez

  1. mike white

    mr Gutierrez gave me my first theatre job in chicago at the st nick theatre and forever changed my life he supported my becoming a chicago police officer having come from a police family. thank you.

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