Vagabond School of the Arts

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about vagabond school

Our mission is to be a supportive home for artistic growth, professional training, and career-long well-being. We seek to enrich the lives of artists through our holistic approach to the creative lifestyle, guided by our four pillars:
education, community, volunteerism, and wellness.
Because when we care for the mind, body, and spirit, we can thrive as artists.

Need to talk live? Call us at (312) 300-6805. Prefer email? Use the button below.

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which on camera class?

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.

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which class is perfect for you?

Fundamentals of Acting is perfect for...

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to act

  • People curious about acting for film

  • Extras who want to book speaking roles

  • Models who want to book speaking roles

  • Teachers who want to learn acting fundamentals

  • Directors who want to learn the language of actors

  • Creative types who want to try something new

On Camera Level 1 is perfect for...

  • New college graduates

  • Adult actors wanting to expand their skill set

  • Any actor wanting to refresh their on-camera skill set

On Camera Level 2 is perfect for...

  • Actors who have completed On Camera Level 1 at Vagabond School

On Camera Level 3 is perfect for...

  • Actors who have completed On Camera Level 1 AND On Camera Level 2 at Vagabond School

Workshops are perfect for...

  • Staying sharp and ready for that next audition

  • Focusing on a specific skill/technique

  • When you're watching that budget or your schedule is jam-packed

Vagabond School of the Arts

fundamentals of acting

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.


Fundamentals of Acting
Are you interested in a career on camera, but lack any formal acting training? This is the class for you! This on camera acting class will nurture your creativity, allow for organic growth, and give you a strong foundation of acting technique that you can carry forward into the Level 1-3 classes.

Vagabond School of the Arts

on camera level 1

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.


On Camera Level 1
Ready to jump start your on-camera acting career? This course is the foundation for Vagabond’s three-level on camera program designed to help you become a confident on camera actor. Over the 6-week curriculum, you’ll learn audition technique commercials/small film/ TV roles, who’s who in film/TV casting in Chicago, how to analyze scripts, how on camera acting is different from theatre acting, and more!

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on camera Level 2

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.


On Camera Level 2
This 6-week course will build on the skills you acquired in Level 1 and prepare you for more specific types of auditions. You'll train in cold reading technique, improv for commercials and other auditions, two-person scenes, spokesperson spots, guest star sides, "Smush" acting, callbacks, and more!

Prerequisites: On Camera 1 or instructor approval required. If you have not completed Level 1 at Vagabond School, please submit your H/R to [email protected] for instructor approval.

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would you like to take class
in-person or online?

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.


On Camera Level 3
After crushing levels 1 and 2, you’re ready for this “TV/Film Master Class.” You’ll depart this class refreshed, recharged, and ready for the Chicago industry. Over this 6-week adventure, you’ll have as close to an on-set experience as you can have without actually booking the gig. Curriculum will include training on rehearsal, wide, medium and close up shots, advanced auditioning technique, pilot auditions, recurring roles, and more!

Prerequisites: On Camera 2 or instructor approval required. If you have not completed Level 1 at Vagabond School, please submit your H/R to [email protected] for instructor approval.

Vagabond School of the Arts

fundamentals of acting

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.

Vagabond School of the Arts

on camera level 1

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.

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on camera level 2

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.

Vagabond School of the Arts

on camera level 3

Note: Our classes are deliberately small.
But don't worry - if the class you want is full with a waitlist, you can still purchase an Online Spot. Just email [email protected] or call us at 312-300-6805 to check availability. Class capacity is set at 8 slots to maintain social distancing in the studio, but we can accommodate 4 additional online students.

Vagabond School of the Arts

fundamentals of acting

Reminder: All classes are online/in-person hybrids.
That means your class will have 6 people in the large studio and 6 people online.



If you want to register for an ONLINE seat, you're in the right place!
If you want to register for an IN-PERSON seat, click here.

on camera level 1

Vagabond School of the Arts

Reminder: All classes are online/in-person hybrids.
That means your class will have 6 people in the large studio and 6 people online.



If you want to register for an ONLINE seat, you're in the right place!
If you want to register for an IN-PERSON seat, click here.

on camera level 2

Vagabond School of the Arts

Reminder: All classes are online/in-person hybrids.
That means your class will have 6 people in the large studio and 6 people online.



If you want to register for an ONLINE seat, you're in the right place!
If you want to register for an IN-PERSON seat, click here.

on camera level 3

Vagabond School of the Arts

Reminder: All classes are online/in-person hybrids.
That means your class will have 6 people in the large studio and 6 people online.



If you want to register for an ONLINE seat, you're in the right place!
If you want to register for an IN-PERSON seat, click here.

Vagabond School of the Arts

pro on camera workout

Pro On Camera Workout is perfect for actors who have completed levels 1-3 of On Camera training at Vagabond OR for working professionals looking to stay sharp!

Please send a Headshot and Resume to [email protected] and we will respond with Pro On Camera Workout class options and information. Please tell us your class preference by including the instructor's name or the class date/time.

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On camera workshops

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VoiceOver classes

CLASS INFORMATION COMING SOON!

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theatre classes

business of acting

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resources