Chicago is home to one of the most rapidly growing on-camera markets in the United States. Did you know that Chicago has become one of the go-to destinations for both New York and LA-based productions to find talent? It’s true. Which means a savvy set of on-camera skills is essential to your career as a Chicago-based actor. From commercials to TV series and industrials to webisodes, Vagabond’s On-Camera Acting Program is designed to give actors both the technical skills and confidence they need to excel in their careers.

Our on-camera program is great for both experienced and new actors alike. You’ll be learning from industry leading professionals, work in front of the camera every class, and receive a google folder to review your work while you're enrolled. Learn more about the specifics to each level by clicking through the menu to the left.


We look forward to being part of your journey! 

The safety of our students and instructors has been, and remains, our top priority. As the stay at home order extends into May, our next session will proceed digitally, until the time comes when we can be in the studio again. We may be able to do that in June, but it’s very possible we will not be able to, and in that case the entire session will be conducted on ZOOM. 

We have been running digital classes and seminars all month long and we are ready and excited to facilitate our on-camera training. We will be scheduling Zoom “orientations” for all registered students, with the school director, Michael McCracken. We are also adjusting our curriculum to include topics pertinent to the times we are living in so students feel prepared and equipped to handle new audition formats.


"Thank you for all of your direction and guidance in On Camera Level 1. I just booked my first national SAG commercial and they’re flying me out to L.A. to shoot it! I’ve never been so excited about a job. Your class had a lot to do with my doing so well in the auditions. Thank you tons!"

-Tanya Mounsey

Vagabond School of the Arts
Acting School in Chicago