Karamu House stands tall in our nation’s history as an inclusive institution that served as a common ground for Clevelanders of different races, religions, and social and economic backgrounds, as well as a trusted community resource for local families.



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


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

Core Values

  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Joy
  • Excellence
  • Financial Stability


Strategic Plan

We at Karamu House are so pleased to present this 2016-2018 Strategic Plan document to you… As Chair of the Board of Trustees, I am fortunate to represent the commitment and dedication of my fellow board members to Karamu House. With this Strategic Plan, we honor our history, while planning for the future. The clear direction as outlined in the Strategic Plan will provide the pathway to our future, and the investment of resources – including talented human capital – will carry us there”

David Reynolds, Chair, Karamu House Board of Trustees




Thank you to our supporters!
Karamu depends heavily on the support of our sponsors. Without their support we would not be able to provide excellent artistry to our members, nor would we be able to cement our role as a gathering place.