Barry has been a Teaching Artist and Drama Educator since 1989. In San Diego, he taught classes and did outreach with the Old Globe Theatre, and was a Master Teaching Artist with the California Playwrights Project and the San Diego Institute for Arts Education. Since relocating to Atlanta in 1996, he has taught classes and done residencies through the Alliance Theatre, the Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning, Young Audiences, Georgia Wolf Trap, Dekalb County Schools, and others. In 2008, Barry joined the faculty of the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education, teaching Master’s level courses in "Drama and Critical Literacy" and "Cultural History Through Storytelling" with onsite cohorts of teachers, artists, and education professionals across the nation.
Barry is available for:
Classes, Workshops, Residencies, Coaching, Curriculum Design & Professional Development
. . . on such topics as:
Acting Technique, Arts Integration, Creative Dramatics, Critical Literacy and Pedagogy, Digital Storytelling, Improvisation, Mime and Masks, Narrated Pantomime, Oral History, Poetry Interpretation, Playwriting, Play Production, Process Drama, Puppetry, Readaloud, Shoebox Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, and Voice and Diction.
A 3-day in-class residency for 5th Grade Social Studies using Oral Interpretation, Improvisation, and Creative Writing to imagine the life of a fictional family during the Great Depression.
1-2 day in-class residency for 8th Grade Chemistry, using Characterization and Improvisation to explore the elements of the Periodic Table, physical and chemical properties, and chemical reactions.
5-10-day residencies working with classes to create and perform original scenes and plays based in curricular content.
This participatory workshop uses multiple points of entry to engage science content through drama, including theatre games, improvisation, science history, folklore, and more.
This workshop demonstrates how folklore, children's literature, and original stories can be effective ways to engage students in creative, collaborative and active exploration of mathematical concepts.
A workshop on Process Drama, a strategy that uses unscripted drama (improvisation) to explore issues from literature or curriculum, exploring multiple viewpoints, honoring unheard voices, and imagining ancillary moments, often with the teacher participating in role.
A workshop on Readers Theatre - a beguilingly simple strategy for interactive, literacy-based, low-tech classroom performance, enhancing collaboration, oral interpretation, and fluency.
A workshop on Dramatic Writing - using scenic structure and playwriting format, to tell stories with compelling characters, plots and dialogue, either in connection with curriculum or from the writer's experience or imagination.
A workshop on Storytelling and Storytelling Integration - exploring types of stories, practicing storytelling technique, and demonstrating application of storytelling across the curriculum.