Karamu House

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Karamu House

Founded in 1915, Karamu House is a place of joyful gathering (the meaning of ‘Karamu” in Swahili), where people from different races, religions, and economic backgrounds come together through the arts. Recognized as the oldest, producing African American theatre in the nation, Karamu House is continually cited as one of Cleveland’s top four treasures—and featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  

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Years Of Experience

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.

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