Welcome to Vagabond School of the Arts, Chicago’s premier acting school for performers following a professional path.
Wherever your road might lead — from theatre to film and television — we’re committed to gathering the best instructors and best artists in one place so that there’s no road closed for your future.

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I really believe in what you are doing! The way Vagabond is creating community is essential for Chicago theater– when we talk to each other, we are at our very best.

Kimberly Senior

Vagabond is helping me grow as a person- finding my true voice and most authentic self; which is freeing me up as an artist.

Mary Franke

Vagabond’s mission to nurture talent and keep everyone in Chicago busy working is a prime example of why Chicago has a nationwide reputation of being a collaborative, creative, and nurturing theatre/film community. Thanks for another solid workshop hosted by your school!

Tina Maloney

The coaching I received from Michael on my “EVIL DEAD: The Musical” audition definitely gave my work the shape and confidence it needed to succeed. I booked it!

Ryan Czerwonko

As someone new to the Chicago market after a nine year hiatus from the industry, one class at Vagabond let me know I was on the right trajectory. The instructors were present, involved, and gave personalized feedback — and I walked away with tools I could immediately implement to further my goals as a seasoned, albeit rusty, performer. Out, out with the rust!

Erika Napoletano