Deborah Barylski (B.A. in Theater, 1971) is an Emmy-Award winning casting director whose career spans three decades. She won an Emmy for casting "Arrested Development," and also received an ARTIOS award for her work with that show. She has been nominated for an ARTIOS seven times. Other well-known credits include "Home Improvement," "The Middle," "Just Shoot Me," and "Frank's Place." She also cast the feature "Pastime," which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990. She has served as an acting teacher, business manager, publicity director, box office manager and festival director in theater, dance and film, and directed theater productions in Michigan, Illinois, California and Alaska. She has also been a faculty member of California State University, Long Beach, and a guest artist at DePaul University in Chicago, Ball State University, James Madison University, and Illinois State University, among others.
Barylski takes pride in her successful efforts to get the casting directors' profession unionized, which took place in early 2006. She holds a Master's Degree in Directing and Theater Management from Illinois State University, and professional memberships in The Casting Society of America, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Teamsters.