Barry John

Born in 1946 in Coventry, United Kingdom, Shri Barry John began his career in Indian theatre as an actor with the Bangalore Little Theatre in 1968. He was associated with the Delhi group Yatrik from 1970 to 1973 and in the latter year established his own group — the Theatre Action Group (TAG) — in the Capital. Subsequently he has taught Western drama (1977- 80) at the National School of Drama, Delhi, and has been Director of NSD’s Theatre-in- Education Company (1989-92). Shri Barry John has won recognition as a director, actor and teacher by his dedicated work over the last two decades. Several productions of the Theatre Action Group, such as Equus and Marat/Sade, have been notable theatrical events in the Capital. TAG’s plays with disabled and disadvantaged children — productions evolv- ing through the participation of the actors — have been unique experiments in remedial theatre. The Theatre-in-Education Company headed by Shri Barry John — a company of adult actors performing for children — has also done pioneering work. Shri Barry John has been honoured with the Delhi Natya Sangh Award in 1984 and the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in 1990. Shri Barry John receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a director.