About Us

About Us

Who We Are

For over 25 years, Barry John Acting Studio has been one of the best acting schools in Delhi and Mumbai. BJAS acting classes in Delhi and Mumbai are designed to take students on a journey to Become an Actor.

BJAS opened (as Imago Acting School) in 1997, in Noida, U.P in Film City, just outside Delhi. The course moved to Saidulajab, Saket, in New Delhi in 2002. By request of students, casting directors and producers, the Directors decided to move to Mumbai in 2007, 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, Rana Daggubati and many others who have successfully played in films and television serials.

In 2020, Barry John resigned as a Director of the parent company, Imago Media Company Pvt Ltd. Barry John had, some years before, signed an agreement allowing Imago Media Co to use his name, likeness and syllabuses for acting film courses, in exchange for a payment. That agreement is still in effect, which is why we still have “Barry John” in the name.

Our Programmes

From the beginning, BJAS has 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 ten venues every summer. The Young Actors Club weekend course is held at the New Delhi Studio. During the pandemic, we have offered YAC courses on line.

Why Choose BJAS?


Comprehensive Curriculum

Our program offers a well-rounded curriculum that goes beyond the basics, providing a thorough understanding of acting in both theatre and film.


Individual Attention

We prioritize individual attention and feedback. With double the time dedicated to each project, we focus on the nuances of acting, allowing for personalized guidance and fostering the growth of each participant.


Project Variety

From group performances to pairs and solos, our course exposes you to a variety of projects. All projects are recorded and provided to you upon course completion, offering a valuable portfolio to showcase your skills in the industry.


Cultural Flexibility

Conducted mainly in Hindi, with English support for non-Hindi speakers or based on student preference, our course accommodates a diverse range of participants.


Practical Focus

Our approach is hands-on, with no excessive theory. The exercises and projects are derived from our full-time course, emphasizing practical skills such as scene work, monologues, solos, improvisations, and filmed exercises.


Confidence Building

Whether you’re a student or a working professional, our courses serves as an excellent starting point for those aspiring to excel in acting, theatre, and personal growth.

The People of BJAS


Barry John

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.

Mr. John’s long and distinguished career involved a number of well-known institutions. He was the Founder-Director of Theatre Action Group (1973-99), Delhi’s most acclaimed theatre company. He was on the faculty of the National School of Drama (1977-80), teaching and directing young actors. He was also Founder-Director of the NSD’s Theatre in Education Company (1989-92).

He himself has acted in a number of Bollywood and Hollywood films. He has also acted in the internationally acclaimed play Othello: A Play in Black and White (with Roysten Abel) which won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

He has a national award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, and awards from the Sahitya Kala Parishad and the Delhi Natya Sangh.

Mr. John is not currently associated with BJAS, however, we are operating under an agreement for the use of his name, likeness, and syllabuses.

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Founder – Director

Sanjay Sujitabh

Sanjay Sujitabh is the Director of Imago Media Private Limited, the corporation that supports Barry John Acting Studio. Along with Barry John, he opened the Imago School of Acting in 1997 and has been a Director of Imago, and BJAS, since then.

Sanjay is also the renowned director of SETMAKERS, a 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 for Theatre Action Group in numerous plays since 1983: Agnes of God, The Importance of Being Earnest, Suno Re Kissa, Equus, Baghdad 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 and Working Children.

Sanjay was art director, and acted in, a British feature film shot in India, The Dead II – India, in 2014. The following year he was a producer of the feature film San 1984.

Sanjay hosted a web series interview show, Moving Up with Sanjay Sujitabh, in 2018. He is currently involved in the production of short and feature films.

Rccently, Sanjay designed and fabricated the sets for the TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) – Kashmir. He has also undertaken the design and staging of events such as rock shows, fashion shows, trade fair exhibitions, as well as commercial and domestic interior design and fabrication.

Sanjay is designing and supervising construction of the new Imago Centre for the Arts in Parvati Valley, H.P., opening in 2023.

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Our Experts

Meet our Team


Barry John

Founder – Director

Sanjay Sujitabh

Student Reviews

I had a very good experience with BJAS. We got a chance to learn more about ourselves, we explored new things inside us. we learned about emotions and how to act… Faculties … helped us improve our acting skills. Anyone who wants to pursue a career in acting, this will be the right place for you 😊😊😊

Anita Jail

DFA Student

BJAS has been a great experience for me. Honestly, since I was a kid I used to pass by and I used to look at Barry John Acting Studio and I always wanted to get into BJAS and learn acting. I finally got this privilege and I’m really happy with my decision because I’ve learnt a lot, not only about acting but also about life.

Ayushman Mishra

DFA Student

I was DFA-36 student of Barry John Acting Studio. My experience was amazing. All the faculties were friendly and amazing. I learnt various techniques of acting. It gave me more confidence and changed my personality.

Vishal Sharma

DFA Student

Barry John Acting Studio was a very good experience for me, actually. In the past six months it was more than an acting course. I would say it was a life workshop – for me at least. BJAS is really great as they give you vast experience in the field.

Arnav Ajgaonkar

DFA Student - Mumbai

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