Trained in Prague, John Barber was joint artistic director of Open Hand Theatre Company for fifteen years. He has since worked creating puppets and masks, and training actors in puppetry, as well as designing sets and costumes for numerous productions. He has taught puppet design at the Institut International de la Marionette at Charleville-Mezieres
For four years John was on the creative team of Green Ginger Do Bambi, devising, designing and performing worldwide. Recent credits include Rumplestiltskin for Hiccup Theatre Company (for whom he is a Creative Associate) and Comedy Palace for CBBC.