About Barry John Acting Studio

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Barry John Acting Studio operates under the Theatre in Education Trust, a non-profit association whose goals are to spread knowledge of and interest in theatrical and media arts through education. BJAS is also associated with Imago Media Company Pvt Ltd which has interests in film and television production.

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BJAS opened (as Imago Acting School) in 1999, in Noida, U.P in Film City just outside Delhi. Among the first students was Manoj Bajpayee. The course moved to a studio in Saidulajab, Saket, in New Delhi in 2002. By request of students, casting directors and producers, the Directors decided to move to Mumbai, where the school was renamed Barry John Acting Studio. Among our first Mumbai students were Freida Pinto, Jacqueline Fernandez and Richa Chadda, followed soon after by Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor and many others who have successfully played in films and television serials.

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In Mumbai we also offer customised film workshops for production houses who wish to “train” the lead actors for upcoming films prior to shooting.

In Delhi and Mumbai we have been integral co-producers of independent and international film productions, as well as having many students cast in these productions through our casting service.

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From the beginning, BJAS or Imago have offered an intensive, weekday course (currently the 4-month or 6-month Diploma in Film Acting) and a weekend course (Currently the 3-month Certificate in Acting), and programs for children. In 2010, BJAS opened a Summer Workshop for children in 5 venues in Delhi NCR. This annual series of workshops is now in about twelve venues every summer. The Young Actors Club weekend course is held at the New Delhi Studio.

New courses and opportunities at BJAS include a weekend course in Film Directing. Coming soon are short advanced courses in different aspects of the acting craft and theatre groups for BJAS graduates in Delhi and Mumbai.

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The Directors

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Barry John is an internationally renowned actor, director, designer, writer and teacher. Born and educated in the U.K., he has lived and worked in India since 1968.

 

He was the Founder-Director of Theatre Action Group (1973-99), Delhi’s most acclaimed company, and instrumental in the success of many of its members: Siddharth Basu, Mira Nair, Lillette Dubey, Divya Seth, Pamela Rooks, Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Bajpai, most notably.

 

He was on the faculty of the National School of Drama (1977-80), teaching and directing young actors such as Anupam Kher, Pankaj Kapoor, Anu Kapoor, Surekha Sikri and Manohar Singh. He was also Founder-Director of the NSD’s Theatre in Education Company (1989-92).

 

Being a trained teacher of Drama, he has been a pioneer in the establishment of Drama and Theatre studies at school level, and has been involved in forging a syllabus for these subjects for the NCERT. He has also pioneered the movement towards an acceptance of Drama Therapy in working with disabled and deprived people.

 

He has conducted training workshops in many parts of the country for numerous theatre companies and institutions, including the FTII in Pune, and for the films SALAAM BOMBAY (Mira Nair), MOHABATTEIN (Aditya Chopra) and DREAMING LHASA (Tenzing Sonam).

 

He himself has acted in the films SHATRANJ KE KHILADI (Satyajit Ray), MASSEY SAHIB (Pradip Krishan), GANDHI(Richard Attenborough), TAMAS (Govind Nihalani), MISS BEATTY’S CHILDREN (Pamela Rooks), SHAHEED UDHAM SINGH (Chitrath), IN OTHELLO (Roysten Abel), THE LAST VICEROY (Carl Hindmarch) and THE FRONTIER GANDHI (Teri McLuhan), TERE BIN LADEN.

 

He has also acted in the internationally acclaimed play OTHELLO: A PLAY IN BLACK AND WHITE (Roysten Abel) which won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival and has since travelled to London, Cairo, Harare, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Lille, and also Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.

 

He has a national award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, and awards from the Sahitya Kala Parishad and the Delhi Natya Sangh. His book PLAYING FOR REAL, a handbook of games and exercises for actors, is published by Macmillan.[/gt3_custom_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][gt3_custom_text text_color=”#3c434b” font_size=”16″]

 

Sanjay Sujitabh is the renowned and much sought-after director of SET MAKERS, the company which has been in the forefront of innovative and trendsetting design and fabrication of television sets.

 

Sanjay’s training-ground has been in theatre, having acted, stage-managed and been a production assistant in numerous plays since 1983: AGNES OF GOD, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, SUNO RE KISSA, EQUUS, BAGDAD KA GULAM and ROUGH CROSSING, to name a few. He has also designed and fabricated the stage décor for many theatre productions in Delhi, including Imago Theatre Group’s “THE HONEY TRILOGY”. He directed several plays with Nukkad Centre for Street & Working Children.

 

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Our Mission

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BARRY JOHN ACTING STUDIO offers courses and workshops that answer to the educational needs of both beginning and experienced professional actors.

 

BARRY JOHN is one of the few trained teachers of Drama in the country, and with almost forty years of experience at the highest levels, he has evolved his own unique system of training that is highly sought after.

 

The BARRY JOHN system incorporates the most up to date and comprehensive techniques and methodologies that have proved to be inspiring and empowering. Devoid of academic theory and jargon, the system is a progressive series of exercises and projects that are practical and experiential. It is carefully designed to equip students with a mature level of physical, mental and emotional skills to meet the demands of professional engagements with film, television and theatre.

 

The courses are rigorous and intensive, demanding a high degree of commitment, energy and perseverance. When these qualities are in evidence, the objective of encouraging actors to be self-aware, self-reliant and self-confident is achievable.

 

The overriding mission of BARRY JOHN ACTING STUDIO is to further enhance its reputation of being the foremost training centre in India, and to assist in raising the levels of professionalism in the media to compare with the highest in the world.

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