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Careers & Auditions

 

Audition for Karamu.

Karamu House is currently accepting virtual submissions (through January 22, 2021 11:59 PM ET) for Celeste Bedford Walker's Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed, directed by Tony F. Sias. 

IMPORTANT: Please read below instructions and details. No phone calls, please.

PREPARATION
All auditions and callbacks will be done virtually. No in person meetings, and no phone calls please. Please prepare two (2) contrasting monologues and submit (upload) them via video along with current headshot and up to date resume with accurate contact information to submissions@karamuhouse.org by Friday January 22, 2021.  Videos should be provided via private YouTube or Vimeo link (or) via file transfer service like WeTransfer or DropBox. Please remember to add the following to your video submission: Role(s) you would like to be considered for (non-union actors only). 

If selected you will be notified for a call back by Wednesday January 27, 2021. Call backs will take place via zoom Wednesday and Thursday January 27 & 28 6:30-9:30 PM.  Housing and travel not provided.

Non-union actors only for the following roles:

  • Grandmother Boley, 70’s: Matriarch of the Boley family, owner of “The Boley Eating Establishment,” She cooks and cares for family and community.
  • Frank Boley, 50’s,  Prosperous real estate agent in Greenwood, a leader, well educated, believes education and class will save the race.
  • Molly Boley, 50’s,  Socialite wife of Frank, mother of daughter Solene. Obsessed with image of her family and Greenwood.
  • Solene Boley, 22, Spoiled only child of Frank and Molly Boley. She is in love with the shoeshine boy but engaged to a wealthy farmer.
  • Bill Boley, 30’s, A World War I veteran, a butcher in the family restaurant, he desperately tries to put the war behind him.
  • Della, 30, Fun loving, live-in maid for rich white family, she visits Greenwood often to see her paramour Bill.
  • Dick Rowland (Jimmie Jones), 22, An enterprising shoeshine boy, in love with Solene, accused of assaulting a white girl
  • Peg Leg (Horace) 40, World War I veteran, Bill’s friend, does odd jobs, always in uniform, always ready for a fight.      
  • Dr. A.C. Jackson, 50’s, Soft spoken, prominent doctor in Greenwood
  • Leviticus Solomon, 30, Wealthy landowner, in love and engaged to Solene.
  • Lawrence Pritchard, unspecified age, Photographer/reporter hired by Molly to record Greenwood’s prosperity.
  • Maria Bonilla, 20’s, Spanish speaking Black girl, from Honduras, works at Boley Restaurant.

 

Non-union, African American actors of all gender identities, ages, as well as performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition. Please email your headshot, resume, and video audition to submissions@karamuhouse.orgPlease note: Housing and travel are not provided. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

ABOUT THE PLAY
Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed examines the tragedy that took place on May 30-June 1,1921 in the Greenwood District of Tulsa Oklahoma. In highly segregated Tulsa, Oklahoma, an African American community known as the “Negro Wall Street” grew and thrived. The Greenwood District boasted one of the most affluent African American communities in the country. Black citizens created entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves with a vibrant business district including banks, hotels, cafes, movie theaters, modern homes, and an excellent education system. Then disaster and devastation struck. Tulsa police arrested a young black man on an unsubstantiated charge. An inflammatory report in the Tulsa Tribune the next day spurred a racial confrontation and the Greenwood District found itself looted and burned for over 24 hours by white mobs. Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed tells this powerful story from the perspective of three generations of the Boley family, a representative composite of an African American family that may have lived during that tragic and tumultuous time.


PRODUCTION DATES
Rehearsals: Beginning in or around March 15-April 11, 2021
* Evening rehearsals run from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM M-TH
* Sundays rehearsals 1:00-5:00 PM
Filming: will take place at Karamu House, April 12-16, 2021 Time: TBD
Housing and travel not provided.

COMPENSATION
All actors receive compensation for their work in our productions. Non-union actor’s only.

 

Work at Karamu.

Interested in joining the Karamu House team? We need creative thinkers who are dedicated to excellence. We are collaborative, innovative, and inclusive, and we are always looking for great people. You’re welcome to submit your resume for consideration at any time.  We offer a competitive salary and benefit package paid time off, and the opportunity to work with our nation’s oldest producing African American theatre and one of Cleveland’s top treasures. Karamu House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

At this time, there are no employment openings.

 

Intern with Karamu.

In partnership with Summer on the Cuyahoga, Karamu offers internships to support its work for qualifying college students during the summer months. Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) is all about exposing the best young talent to the abundance of professional opportunities in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, home to the Cuyahoga River. It’s a unique summer internship program open to students from our eight partner schools: Case Western Reserve, Colgate, Cornell, Denison, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Smith, and University of Chicago. The program, in total, brings together 50-70 students for an intensive summer immersion program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic & social offerings of the Cleveland area. SOTC offers students challenging internships, community introductions, alumni connections & group housing for the summer.