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Karamu House is one of Cleveland’s greatest treasures and the nation’s jewel. Come and join our family and become a part of our “joyful gathering place.”


CEO & President

Message From The CEO + President

I came to Karamu in 2015 with the hopes of making a difference. With the help of an exceptional leadership team and staff, an engaged board, and a supportive community, collectively we have done and are doing just that: educating and entertaining, while achieving our mission and striving for our vision. Thank you for being a part of the Karamu Family. If you haven’t joined us, please come, and experience our socially relevant productions, programs, and events. I promise it will be life-changing.

– Welcome!

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Karamu Values


To produce professional theatre, provide arts education and present community programs for all people while honoring the Black experience.


To be a premiere professional theatre producing socially relevant entertainment, while delivering innovative, culturally responsive arts education  programs for life-long learners.

What We Offer


Karamu House provides arts education to hundreds of children and adults each year during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Karamu House plays host to a variety of community programs throughout the year that are designed to engage all members of the community while providing arts experiences that honor Black culture.

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Karamu House has been supported by large numbers of dedicated volunteers since its founding in 1915.  Opportunities for volunteering as ushers, involvement with education, fundraising, and other projects.

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Karamu Arts Academy

Karamu House has been serving the community for over 100 years! Today, Karamu’s mission is to produce professional theatre, provide arts education, and present programs for all people while honoring the African-American experience.

Hosted on Tuesdays and Thursday schools and organizations receive a tour and workshop on the history of Karamu.

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Regardless of age, we welcome you to join us for arts education classes that are available for students (Pre-K to 12th grade) to lifelong learners. From dancing to acting to singing to filmmaking to costume design, Karamu Arts Academy has something for everyone.

For course information or to sign up for classes use the button below.

Karamu 2023/2024 Productions


Sep. 22 - Oct.15

Fall 2023

The Breakfast at the Bookstore

Jan. 26 - Feb.18

Winter 2024

It Happened in Atlanta

Mar. 8 - Mar. 31

Spring 2024

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    Mark Everett

    Karamu Patron

    It’s the most awesome place in the world and black community in Cleveland, lot’s of stars come from here, Ruby Dee is one of the persons, she even met her husband there whom also is famous…Ossie Davis. Such a wonderful place to learn the arts and more.

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