Barry was born in suburban New Jersey, and spent his adolescence in West Palm Beach, Florida. After earning his B.A. in English from Harvard University, he attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York, studying with the legendary Sanford Meisner, and pursued his career as an actor in small productions and regional tours. He moved to San Diego to earn his M.F.A. at the University of San Diego. In 1995, Barry married fellow actor Sheri Mann Stewart, and they moved to Atlanta. Barry established himself as a free-lance actor, storyteller, and arts educator, and has worked with many of the city's and state's premiere cultural institutions, including the Alliance Theatre, the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Emory Univerisity, the Georgia Public Library Service, the Children's Museum, the Atlanta Zoo, and the Atlanta History Center, Barry and Sheri are the proud parents of two sons, Tendal and Royce, who are performers and activists in their own right.
Barry has traveled throughout the United States, and to more than fifty countries on four continents. He has ridden in a chicken truck in Chiapas; heard the call to prayers in Jerusalem; seen the early morning sun rise over Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh; harvested cacao in the highlands of Costa Rica; walked the Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake; camped on the Black Sea coast in Crimea; done Tai Chi in the shadow of China's Shah Tzin Nam; ridden a mule up a jagged trail in Santorini; canoed through the Okefenokee; and searched for sea urchins on the Algerian shore. A lover of languages, he is conversant in Spanish and French, speaks bits of German, Hebrew, Greek and Russian, and can count to ten in Turkish. He instills in his work a sense of the common humanity that transcends cultures and borders, and the responsibility that we all share to work toward social justice through the exchange of ideas, stories, and experiences.