Barra studied at Goldsmiths and Trinity College Dublin. He worked with venues and companies including Battersea Arts Centre, the Old Vic Tunnels, Manchester International Festival, Punchdrunk and the English National Opera before founding LAStheatre in 2012.
Barra is committed to making and delivering exceptional arts projects, collaborating with communities, broadening the diversity of voices in the arts and creating accessible work.
He has held visiting director and lecturing roles at Bath Spa University and the National Centre for Circus Arts. He is also the programmer of Masterclass, a programme that supports young theatremakers, at Theatre Royal Haymarket.