welcome to vagabond youth education

Welcome! We're refreshing our main website, so this streamlined page is the best place to find and sign up for Vagabond classes, workshops, meditation, and more!

Whether you're looking to add art to your lesson plans, hold online classes for your remote learning "pod," or are interested in our PRO track for young professionals, we have classes with flexible schedules and payment options.

All our programming is built around Vagabond’s Four Pillars:
Education, Wellness, Volunteerism and Community.

new and only at vagabond

Wednesdays, October 7th-28th | 7:00-9:00 PM CDT

Are you a high school teen interested in working with some of Chicago’s most acclaimed theater directors? Join us for a teen-centered edition of Vagabond’s wildly popular Digital Audition Rep class, and prepare for an amazing audition workout. Each week you’ll work with a different award-winning Chicago Theatre Director.

This class is ideal for intermediate-to-advanced teen actors who have theatrical experience and intend to pursue, or continue to pursue, a career as a performer.

Admission to Digital Audition Rep for Teens is by headshot and resume approval. Please submit a headshot and resume by clicking the button below. We will respond to all submissions, and selected students will receive registration details.

online classes

All our classes are taught by industry professionals. Looking to add art to your remote learning curriculum? We have acting and improv classes that promote social/emotional learning. Is your child ready to compete with some of Chicago’s top young actors? Our PRO track will challenge them to be the best. (Please note that certain PRO classes require headshot/resume approval.)

get early access

Our classes are deliberately small. Join our Vagabond Youth email list to get advance notice of new classes and early access to registration.

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Looking for class recommendations? Need to ask our Youth Education Director a question? Wondering about that sibling discount we offer? We've got you!


Vagabond Youth is an offshoot of the widely respected Vagabond School of the Arts training program for adult actors. Our belief is that arts education improves a child’s self confidence, cognition, communication, and problem solving skills. Read more about Vagabond School here.

online classes

college audition prep

It's that time of year! College auditions are exciting, but can often seem overwhelming. Vagabond can help you navigate the ins and outs, coach your monologue, and tape your audition. We've been there ourselves and would love to help you succeed!


In an effort to support you during your college audition preparations, we’re excited to offer a series of special discounts for our college audition taping services.

Coming to us for a college audition taping?
All 90-minute taping sessions for college auditions are now $10 off!

Want to learn more about the college audition process?
Attend our panel, Navigating the College Audition, for an additional $5 off your 90-minute taping session.

Attend our workshop, Mastering the College Audition Monologue, for an additional $10 off your 90-minute taping session.

online CAMPS

Vagabond is thrilled to offer two immersive online summer camps designed to keep your child creatively engaged and foster connections with other young performers near and far. These world premiere offerings include personalized guidance from industry professionals who will work closely with campers to take their skills to the next level.
Join us, and end your summer on a high note!

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Join members of the Vagabond family and our Community Engagement Director, Betsy Bowman, in a guided, kid focused meditation with the goal of cultivating empathy.
Meditation classes are open to all and pay what you can.


FREE PLAY: Open Source Scripts Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow
Award-winning playwright, poet, and changemaker Idris Goodwin offers five short plays for multi-generational audiences to spark conversation about race in America.