Costume Designer & Theatre Artist
A native Texan, Barry received a BA in Theatre with a minor in Fashion Design from TCU graduating with honors in 1991. He worked as Resident Costume Designer for the Indianapolis based modern dance company, Dance Kaleidoscope until 1996, collaborating with Artistic Director, David Hochoy creating costumes for Scheherazade, Girl at the Piano, Carnival of the Animals, Carmina Burana, Seasons, and The Planets. After a European Tour of the musical HAIR as a performer, he moved to NYC where he worked in wardrobe and costume design on and off Broadway in costume shops, for TV pilots and independent film, as well as numerous Broadway musicals and plays. Some notable wardrobe jobs include Phantom of the Opera, 1776, Finian's Rainbow, Jane Eyre the Musical, Chinglish, The Scottsboro Boys, Putting It Together (starring Carol Burnett), The Vertical Hour (starring Julianne Moore), and Three Days of Rain (starring Julia Roberts). For over five years he worked on the wardrobe crew as stitcher maintaining the Tony Award winning costumes for the hit musical Wicked. At Lincoln Center he was Wardrobe Supervisor for ANN, and designed Holland Taylor’s Tony Awards gown. He has Broadway credits as Associate Costume Designer with United Scenic Artists Local 829 on such shows as The Seafarer, Hamlet (starring Jude Law), La Bete (starring Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley), RED (starring Alfred Molina & Eddie Redmayne), Exit the King (starring Susan Sarandon and Tony Award winner Geoffrey Rush), and the revival of Evita (starring Ricky Martin). He also worked several times for the New York Summer Play Festival as costume designer, co-designed Foreverman the Musical for the NY Musical Theatre Festival, and designed and constructed costumes for Trisha Brown's final piece of choreography, Rogues for the Trisha Brown Dance Company. In Texas he designed costumes for Stephen F. Austin University's Summer Rep Production of Steel Magnolias. In 2014 he returned to the Lone Star to create a new Costume Crew course and Work Study Program for the Dance Department of Sam Houston State University. He was awarded Best Costume Design by the Houston Press for Stages Repertory Theatre's production of Marie Antoinette, worked with The Alley Theatre in Houston designing three new staged works in launching the first annual, Alley All New Festival, and he designed Opera in the Height’s 20th Anniversary production of Orfeo ed Eurdice directed by Leslie Swackhamer. At the ZACH Theatre in Austin, he was Costume Designer for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and on the “Texas Revival” of Holland Taylor’s, ANN re-establishing the authentic look of the former lady governor created by Julie Weiss. He would continue to help tell the story of the beloved Democratic, Lady Governor of Texas executing original costume designs for Stages Repertory Theatre’s Houston premiere of ANN, with Sally Edmundson, and the ZACH Theatre’s most recent production of the biographical, one woman show starring Libby Valari.
Barry resides in Huntsville, TX near SHSU with his Staffordshire Terrier rescue, Garbo, whom he adores. He splits his time between Texas working and his Hudson Valley home and AirBNB, Vail’s Gate Ranch, in New Windsor, NY, a mid-century ranch which serves as his East Coast studio so he can maintain connections with professional colleagues, friends, and…fabric vendors.