Israel Gutierrez hails from San Antonio, TX via San Benito, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. His first stab at the business came in the 4th grade where he played the overindulged little brother "Fritz" in THE NUTCRACKER. Needless to say, this role was easy for him.
Throughout high school, Gutierrez garnered multiple awards with Sandra Day O' Connors Speech Team including Regional and State Qualifications in several events. Gutierrez found himself Senior Year at Texas State Thespian Festival where he became the first recipient in his high school's history to be awarded one of ten coveted Acting Scholarships. This led him to pursue acting not only as a career, but as a lifestyle.
Israel continued his education at Webster University's Theatre Conservatory in Saint Louis, Missouri where he earned a BFA in Acting.
Tartuffe, TARTUFFE, Webster Conservatory
dir Jane Page
While in St. Louis, Israel was cast in the 2009 Emmy Award Winning Production of MACY'S STARS ON BROADWAY, featuring Broadways' Kristy Cates, Nikki Renee Daniels, Matt Farnsworth and Daniel C. Levine, produced by Ryan Stana with RWS & Associates.
Cast of MACY'S STARS ON BROADWAY.
Top Row, L-R: Nikki Renee Daniels, Matt Farnsworth, Laura Iberg, Kristy Cates, Daniel C Levine, Aimee Knebel.
Bottom Row, L-R: Robert Moore, Israel Gutierrez, Tyler Adcock, Kelli Stryker
Soon after graduation, Gutierrez embarked on his move to New York City to begin his life in the arts. Since then, Gutierrez has starred in a number of productions Off-Broadway and on the Regional circuit including:
-"Lorenzo" in Aurin Squire's TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, dir David Gaard.
“Gutierrez, a talented young actor, attacks the role with honesty and courage", NY Theatre.com; "Gutierrez delivers his challenging role excitingly...Mr. Gutierrez's performance as Lorenzo is thoughtful and personal", Show Business Weekly; “Gutierrez delivers Lorenzo’s angst and logic with an ease that is engaging and intriguing...", Usher Nonsense
-"Jeff" in KIMBERLY AKIMBO, The Schoolhouse Theater, dir Raymond Munro.
"Smart and sensitive...a sweet and biting production...", The New York Times
"Israel Gutierrez is quite the find...and the young actors portrayal is never less then thoroughly engaging...", North County News
-"Thomas Diaforius", THE IMAGINARY INVALID (w/Allyce Beasley), The Schoolhouse Theater, dir Pamela Moller Kareman.
"As the nitwit prospective son-in-law, Israel Gutierrez shows up wearing knickers, argyle socks and a fabulously fatuous grin.", The New York Times; "Israel Gutierrez's nerdy take on the dim-witted young doctor, Thomas, demonstrates focus and attention to timing.", The Journal News.
"Carlos", 167 TONGUES & "Azucar", YOU ARE NOW THE OWNER OF THIS SUITCASE, 167 Theatre, dir Ari Laura Kreith
“...the appropriately timid Israel Gutierrez as “Carlos,” who gives one of the most natural performances in 167 Tongues and is delightful as the little boy in “Suitcase.” The Examiner
All reviews can be found HERE 🙂
Israel was thrilled to make his HBO Debut in the feature film ELLIOT LOVES, playing 'Javier', the best friend to the title character. Available on DVD through TLA Distribution.
Gutierrez remains an active member of R.Evolucion Latina, a Latino-based theater organization dedicated to empowering NYC's Latino Artists while giving back to the community.
With his life just beginning in a city with endless dreams, Gutierrez maintains his desire for more.
Me, on a trip to LA 🙂