ED BAIERLEIN, President and Director/manager of Germinal Stage, Inc., was born August 27, 1943, in Wilmington, Delaware and was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and in Claymont, Delaware. He received his BA in English from Gettysburg College in 1965 and his MA in Theatre Arts from Penn State University in 1967. While at Penn State, he studied under a Shubert Playwriting Fellowship. He enlisted in the USAF in 1968 and spent his four-year tour at Lowry AFB in Denver CO and Johnston Island in the Pacific.
He was Playwright-in-Residence at The Changing Scene Theatre in Denver from 1970 to 1972 and Associate Director and Production Coordinator at The Third Eye Theatre in Denver from 1972 to 1973. In 1973, he co-founded Germinal Stage, Inc.
As an actor, he has performed over 100 leading roles since 1974, including Othello, Archie Rice in The Entertainer (twice), Deeley in Old Times (twice), Arnolphe in The School for Wives (twice), James Tyrone, Sr. in Long Day's Journey Into Night (three times), James Tyrone, Jr. in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Dr. Rance in What the Butler Saw (twice), Don Juan in Don Juan in Hell (twice), Aubrey Piper in The Show Off, Martin Doul in The Well of the Saints (twice), George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the Duke of Altair in Venus Observed, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Starbuck in The Rainmaker, Bill Maitland in Inadmissible Evidence, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Strindberg in Night of the Tribades, Max in The Homecoming (twice), Gary Essendine in Present Laughter, Nickles in J.B., Galileo in Galileo, Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge, Elyot Chase in Private Lives, Undershaft in Major Barbara, Spooner in No Man's Land, Erie Smith in Hughie, Solness in The Master Builder, Shotover in Heartbreak House, Davies in The Caretaker, and Hamm in Endgame. He has been nominated twice by the Denver Drama Critics Circle for "Best Performance by a Leading Actor" and, in 1985, won the award for "Best Season for an Actor.'"
As a director, he has staged over 190 productions since 1974, including plays by Betti, Chekhov, Pinter, Anouilh, O'Neill, Osborne, Williams, de Ghelderode, Camus, Handke, Shaw, Wesker, Cocteau, Ionesco, Rabe, Stoppard, Beckett, Orton, Synge, Pirandello, Sartre, Coward, Brecht, Ibsen, Shepard, and Shakespeare. Often, he plays in the productions he directs and designs set and lights. Practically speaking, he is more interested in investigating the community of actors and audience in real space than in making statements or interpreting them. He was nominated four times by the Denver Drama Critics Circle for "Best Director" (receiving the award for Travesties in 1993 and Suddenly Last Summer in 1999) and, in 1987, received Westword's "Best Director" Award. He received the Denver Post Ovation "Best Year for a Director" award in both 2005 and 2010 and, in 2007, received the Ovation "Best Director" Award for More Stately Mansions and the award for "Theatre Person of the Year."
As a teacher, he has been a guest instructor in acting and directing at the University of Colorado at Denver, Colorado Womens' College, and Denver University, and has also taught privately.
In addition, in 1982 he received a Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm, in 1988, a Mayor's Award for Excellence from Denver Mayor Federico Pena, and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award for the Arts & Humanities. From 1998 to 2001, he was a member of the National Theatre Conference. In addition, he and Sallie Diamond have received awards for achievement from the Rocky Mountain Womens' Institute and from Zeta Phi Eta and, in 2017, a Lifetime Achievement Henry Award from the Colorado Theatre Guild. Productions he has produced or directed have been nominated for over one hundred twenty-five local awards. For twenty years, he served as Chairman of the Colorado Theatre Producers Guild, which he helped found. He has sat on the boards of the Greater Denver Arts Council and the Metro Denver Arts Alliance, on the advisory board of KCFR-FM (NPR), and on the Denver Mayor's Commission on Art, Culture, and Film.
He has been married to actress Sallie Diamond since 1967 and has one child, Thaddeus Adam, born in 1980. He is a struggling but avid golfer. He has lived in Denver, Colorado since 1968 and considers himself fortunate professionally in that he has never had to "go where the work is," but has been able to decide where he liked to live and to make the work happen there. The payoff: ". . . continuous activity, investigation, discovery . . . and a sense of neighborhood."