Professor Emeritus, Theater, Acting and Directing
B.A. Harvard University, M.F.A., Boston University, Ph.D., Tufts University
Ed Golden has had a long career in professional and university theater. A professor of performance (emeritus) and former co-chair of the Department of Theater at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, he was director throughout his twenty-five year tenure of a long list of classic and contemporary productions there and on other stages. During the summers he served as artistic director of Theater-in-the- Works, a series of professional mountings of new plays many of which he also directed. His production ofThe Playboy of the Western World was the national winner of the 1991 American College Theater Festival and played The Kennedy Center in the spring of that year.
He has directed extensively at New Century Theatre in Northampton, including Kimberly Akimbo, Sight Unseen, The Weir, Art, Copenhagen, Lobby Hero and Stones In His Pockets. He also devised and directed Valley Lite, New Century's contribution to the 2008 Paradise City Arts Festival.
Golden was founder and first artistic director of Baltimore's regional theater Center Stage where he directed over twenty productions. Also in Baltimore, he was founder and first artistic director of Theater Hopkins where he directed more than twenty productions in five seasons. At home in the opera world as well, Golden has staged a wide range of pieces from Mozart to Douglas Moore. In 1999, he directed David Ives's Mere Mortals at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.