Teaching Artist

Position: Teaching Artists (Drama, African Dance, Modern Dance and Vocal Music)

Report To: Arts Education Manager

Department: Arts Education

FLSA Status: Seasonal, Contract



About Karamu House

In 1915, Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Jelliffe opened the Playhouse Settlement in a Cleveland area called The Roaring Third.  The Jelliffes wanted to build an environment where people of different races, religions, and social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures through the arts, and Karamu House was established as a gathering place for racially-diverse members of the surrounding community at that time. As the community became predominantly African American, Karamu responded with programs geared to their needs and interests. 


Today, Karamu is evolving to be reborn as a beating heart for the entire community, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, or age, as it embarks on its second 100 years, retaining its historical identity as “a place of joyful gathering.” Core programs include a five-performance, socially-relevant and professional quality theatre season; arts education in drama/theatre, music and dance for all ages; and community programming, such as a lecture series, and spoken word and music performances, that invites participation and engagement, reflection, and a re-commitment to cultural values.



Karamu House is hiring Teaching Artists (TA) for the period of January 1, 2019 – May 15, 2019.  Successful candidates are practicing artists in the disciplines of dance, vocal music and theatre who are committed to working with lifelong learners, youth grades K-12, through adult.  TAs must have a curiosity in exploring Karamu’s philosophy and approach to arts education.  TAs will join a team of highly committed individuals, dedicated to the work of Karamu.  Therefore, flexibility and a positive attitude/desire to pitch in to accomplish a goal no matter what, are a must.  Programming includes on-site evening classes Monday-Thursday*, Saturday classes, and special residency opportunities.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing direct instruction to lifelong learners.
  • Strategy planning with the Arts Education Manager and implementation of teaching/program strategy in the classroom.
  • Carrying out administrative responsibilities including:
    • Submission of written lesson plans
    • Completing student assessments
    • Creating and following teaching schedules.
  • Attending team meetings with Karamu Arts staff.
  • Contributing performance pieces or exhibition work for the culminating event(s).
  • Performing other duties as necessary.


Success in this position requires the following skills and abilities:

  • Team building competencies + ability to be an active contributor in group decision-making
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Skills in Microsoft Office Suite

·      Ability to see ideas through to the implementation phase 

  • Proven organizational skills and ability to multi-task


Candidates are required to possess the following:

  • A degree from an accredited institution of higher education (may be completing final semester of coursework) or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience in classroom management
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Highly efficient and productive work ethic
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, parents, and community
  • Ability to work successfully under pressure and meet deadlines and goals
  • Current proof of fingerprinting clearance FBI/BCI.



This is a seasonal contract position.

TO APPLY – No Phone Calls Please.


Applicants for the position should send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:

ATTN:  ARTS EDUCATION – Teaching Artist

Karamu House

2355 E. 89th Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44106