Born and educated in the U.K, he has lived and worked in india since 1968 and is now an Indian citizen.
He was the Founder-Director of Theatre Action Group (TAG) from 1973 to 1999. It was Delhi’s most acclaimed company because of the range and high quality of its productions, and for being instrumental in the success of many of its members: Siddharth Basu, Mira Nair, Lillette Dubey, Divya Seth, Pamela Rooks, Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Bajpayee, most notably.
He was on the faculty of the National School of Drama (1977-80) teaching and directing young actors such as Anupam Kher, Pankaj Kapoor, Anu Kapoor, Surekha Sikri and Manohar Singh. He was also Founder-Director of the NSD’s Theatre in Education Company from 1989-1992.
Barry Himself has acted in numerous plays,TV serials and films. He has a national award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, and awards from the Sahitya Kala Parishad and the Delhi Natya Sangh.
He co-founded Imago Media Company in 1997 which is the parent company of Barry John Acting Studios in New Delhi and Mumbai.