B. H. Barry

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B.H. Barry is an English fight director and choreographer in theater, film, television, opera and ballet. He has been awarded both a Drama Desk an Obie Award for Sustained and Consistent Excellence in Stage Combat. He also received a Lifetime Achievement TONY [1] Theater Wing. He helped form the Shared Experience Theatre Company with Michael Alfreds, developing a signature style of "Story Teller Theatre." He is also a co-founder of the [Society of British Fight Directors)

Life and career[edit]

Born Barry Halliday in the English town of Staines, B.H. was raised in a working-class family. He left school at fifteen due to financial difficulties and worked as a chemical engineer in the leather industry. After three years he left to pursue a theatrical career, working at various jobs to pay for his drama school training.

At the age of nineteen Barry attended Corona Stage Academy. Here, he became a teacher of mime, voice, dialect and stage combat, as well as directing his own productions. It was at Corona Academy that he met and trained with Paddy Crean, Errol Flynn's stunt double . He went on to study Aikido and stage combat with friend and mentor, Barry Jackson, an English stuntman. He also taught at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts, Central School of Speech and Drama, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the course of teaching several workshops in the United States, Barry met Earl Gister, Chair of the Drama Department at Carnegie Mellon, and was invited to teach a course there. At the time, stage combat was not taught as a core course in drama schools. From there he went on to teach at the Juilliard School, Yale, NYU, Temple City College, and Circle in the Square, where he still teaches[2] and many other universities around the country. He was a founding member of Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts; and of The Blue Light Theater Company, in New York City. His work on Broadway began with "Frankenstein," which closed on opening night in 1981, but was followed by a roster of greater successes including "Kiss Me Kate," "City Of Angels," "Big River," "Noises Off," "I'm Not Rappaport" and many other shows.

His work in the entertainment industry encompasses films including The Adams Family, Pirates of Penzance and Olleanna,(Glory)correction (society of British fight directors to replace former and TV projects such as Dr. Who and the BBC Shakespeare series. He was the regular stunt coordinator for the popular soap opera All My Children for several decades.[3] He has been awarded both a Drama Desk and an Obie Award for Sustained and Consistent Excellence in Stage Combat. In 2010, the American Theater Wing awarded him a Tony Honor for Excellence.

Barry continues to work as a fight director, and is currently writing a series of books on fight directing for Shakespeare.

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