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Barry has studied acting with David Downs and with Stephen Strimpell at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York where, in a previous life, he appeared Off-Broadway in featured roles in Irma La Douce and City Of Life. Regionally, favorite roles include Salieri in Amadeus, Nathan Detroit in Guys And Dolls, Richard in The Lion In Winter and Jaspers in Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool, Dry Place. In Chicago he has appeared as George in American Theatre Company's remounting of Scapin at Theatre on the Lake, Tom French in Element Theater's production of The Secret Rapture at Victory Gardens, and Frank in Element's production of Private Eyes at The Theatre Building. Regional directing credits include Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Equus, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, and Dracula. At The Theatre School, his directing credits include Pinocchio 3.5 and The Kingdom of Grimm for Chicago Playworks. For the Showcase series, he has directed Dinner at Eight (with Donald Ilko); Life's a Dream, adapted by Adrian Mitchell and John Barton; and most recently Seamus Heaney's The Burial at Thebes. Chicago directing credits include critically acclaimed productions of Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare (Chicago premiere); Howard Barker's No End Of Blame and Ariel Dorfman's Death And The Maiden for Timeline Theatre; and Differences in Jealousy for Collaboraction Theatre.