Vagabond School of the Arts


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.

Come explore with us, fellow vagabond. Your adventure awaits.


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I love that you guys are making people’s dreams come true. That’s what acting is all about.

Joel Wasserman

I love what you are putting forth into the artistic community.  I’ve not just enjoyed, but have put to good use (with much success) the tools and feedback I’ve received.

Megan Schemmel

Everyone I know at CAFM loves the school and what it represents in our community. Thanks for taking the scary plunge to create this awesome education center.

Raina Lynn

The classes I’ve taken have been amazing, and I know that you are helping me get to the next level in my career. I recently had my first audition for Chicago Med, and I know I would’ve been totally lost without being able to flip through my notes/videos from your classes and think back to what I’ve learned, so thank you!

Amanda Peck

Thank you for making a truly amazing place for actors and artists. The atmosphere in there and the sense of community is unparalleled in the city.

Rian Kelly

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

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

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

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

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