After studying Theatre at Goldsmiths and Trinity College Dublin, Barra worked in experiential marketing for clients including Warner Brothers and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. He then returned to theatre, taking on both creative and management roles with Battersea Arts Centre, The Old Vic Tunnels, Manchester International Festival, Punchdrunk and the English National Opera. This varied experience fuels his collaborative approach to theatre making and led him to start LAStheatre.
Through LAStheatre, his focus is creating engaging shows for and with young people - work that opens cans of worms, starts conversation and ignites imaginations.
He is a visiting director and writer at Bath Spa University and a member of lecturing staff at the National Centre for Circus Arts.