Johannes got Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating from Trier University in 1978. The next year he obtained Master of Arts degree.
During the period from 1979 to 1980 he attended Cambridge University.
Birringer also studied at Yale University and got Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1983.
During Birringer’s years of study at Trier, Cambridge and Yale universities, he began acting in and directing a number of plays by William Shakespeare and by contemporary British playwrights. In 1980 he appeared in major productions at the Cambridge Fringe Theatre and the European Theatre Group in England. Four years later, Johannes launched his career as a director of Curse of the Starving Glass by Sam Shepard and The Sea Gull by Anton Chekhov.
In 1972 he was sent to German Army (NATO) for one year.
During the period from 1982 to 1985 he served as a lecturer at Yale University in New Haven and held the post till 1985, when he became a visiting professor at University of Texas at Dallas. Johannes worked there till 1987. Two years later he was appointed a visiting professor at Rice University in Houston, where he stayed just for one year. Since 1990 Johannes Birringer served as an assistant professor at Northwestern University.
Since 1998 he worked as a Research Fellow at the Anthropology Department at Rice University.
Moreover, Birringer served as a media and arts consultant at Contemporary Art Museum and Southwest Alternate Media Project in Houston.
Johannes was appointed Principal Research Fellow in Live Art and Performance at Nottingham Trent University in 2003.
Since 2006 Johannes has been chair and professor of Performance Technologies at Brunel University in West London, where he created a research group, Design and Performance Lab, dedicated to investigations of wearable technology in cross-over fields of performance, music, design, digital art and fashion.
Beginning from 2008 to 2015 he headed the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance, curating the annual Research Seminar Series and the Artaud Forum.
Also, since 2013 to 2017 Johannes participated in the European Metabody research project.
Currently, Johannes is an artistic director of AlienNation Company.
Johannes is a member of German Shakespeare Society, International Speech Communication Association, American Theatre Association and others.