“Sitcom Class” October 2021 Intensive with Deborah Barylski


Course Description:
Sitcoms with Emmy-Winning Casting Director Deborah Barylski

The course will cover auditioning for comedies/sitcoms. Some areas of focus: how to mine a scene for its funny elements and discussion of different genres of comedy. Additionally, see how your personality and personal character traits can help your comedic approach to a scene. There will be ample time for discussion and questions.

*Note: Requirement for classes 1 & 2 – You will need to have two devices because you will need to read from one while you’re on zoom with the other. Or you need to have a printer available to you during the class.

– Cold reading for Feature and Co-star roles.
– Email blasts will be sent to the students during class (by TVI) *SEE NOTE ABOVE
– Students have approximately 3-5 minutes to review sides before performing with a reader from class. Then the reader will take his/her turn with the same material.


– Students will perform prepared Co-star or Guest Star scenes, provided by Deborah and distributed via email by TVI.

– Students will prepare auditions for Guest Star/Series Regular scenes provided by Deborah prior to class and distributed via email by TVI.

4-Week Session:

Saturday October 30th, 9:30am-12:30pm (PDT)
Saturday November 6th, 9:30am-12:30pm (PDT)


Saturday November 13th, 9:30am-12:30pm (PST)
Saturday November 20th, 9:30am-12:30pm (PST)


*Please note: Actors must be at least 18 years old to enroll in this class. Previous acting training is also required. Course content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion. Please contact us at la.admissions@tvistudios.com if you have any questions. 

  • For classes 1 & 2: You will need to have two devices because you will need to read from one while you’re on zoom with the other. Or you need to have a printer available to you during the class.
  • Upload your resume and headshots in advance of Class 1 (link for upload will be sent after purchase).


Deborah Barylski

Casting Director

Deborah Barylski is an Emmy Award-winning casting director. In a 35-year career, some of her most recent credits include THE MIDDLE, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (for which she won the Emmy), LIFE WITH BONNIE, STILL STANDING, HOME IMPROVEMENT and JUST SHOOT ME, as well as past favorites FRANK’S PLACE, THE FAMOUS TEDDY Z and DOCTOR, DOCTOR. She also cast the feature, PASTIME, which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 1990. She was nominated for the Artios Award for excellence in casting seven times, and won the Artios in 2003 for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.

Her first love, however, is the theatre and she has directed in theaters in Michigan, Illinois, California, and Alaska. She was the assistant director and contributing editor to the world premier of TRACERS, a play which ran two years at the Odyssey Theatre in LA, with further productions in New York, Chicago, and an international tour. Her most recent full-length Los Angeles directorial outing, the world premier of SOLACE by Jake Jay Clark, garnered three L.A. Weekly Award nominations, including “Best Direction,” “Best Original Play,” and “Best Ensemble.  She was selected to direct in the auspicious Ojai original Christmas play series in 2010.

Parallel to her casting career, she has held acting for the camera, cold reading, and audition classes in professional and academic venues in California, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Washington, Virginia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Canada. She holds professional memberships in the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She was a member of the American Theatre Association for twenty-five years. She holds a B.A. in theatre from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Master’s in directing and theatre management from Illinois State University at Normal. She has been inducted to the “Hall of Fame” at both Alma Maters. She resides in Santa Monica, California, and St. Louis, Missouri.

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